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Imperial Chinese

Phone:
303-698-2800

This stalwart offers Cantonese, Mandarin, and Szechuan food in an elegant setting.

Stout Street Social

Phone:
720-214-9100

LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions.

Revelry Kitchen

Phone:
303-455-3132

You'll find healthy options as well as hearty brunch favorites at this breakfast-focused eatery. Start your day off right with the green chile cheddar biscuits smothered in chorizo gravy.

Cart-Driver

Phone:
303-292-3553

Inspired by Italy's roadside cafes, Cart-Driver slings oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and Prosecco on tap. Finish with the house-made soft-serve gelato.

Los Chingones (RiNo)

Phone:
303-295-0686

Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

Cafe Jordano

Phone:
303-988-6863

This authentic Italian spot offers generous portions of good food (try the gnocchi). A relaxed atmosphere and moderate pricing make it perfect for family dining.

The Universal

Phone:
303-955-0815

This breakfast and lunch spot enjoys an industrial farmhouse-chic home. Breakfast foods, including eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, are served all day.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

Phone:
303-442-7771

The Mexican-inspired menu is straightforward: corn, chile, meat, shrimp, veggies, chicken—and it's spectacular. Enjoy authentic dishes such as Tijuana street-style tacos and poc chuc (grilled, marinated pork).

Ototo

Phone:
303-733-2503

Sushi Den's Toshi Kizaki has relaunched his Japanese robata-style tapas spot in a remodeled dining space. Market-driven dishes like a catch-of-the-day raw bar and whole grilled fish complement a selection of sashimi, ramen bowls, and yakitori.

Abejas

Phone:
303-952-9745

Enjoy seasonal new American plates at this community restaurant. The ever-changing menu features farm-fresh produce, sustainable fish, and organic meats, and the bar highlights small wineries and local brewers.

Cody Inn Restaurant

Phone:
303-526-0232

For an evening of romance, settle into a table around this mountain restaurant's rock-moss fireplace and order the crispy pepper duck or veal piccata.

Daikon

Phone:
720-282-3459

This Capitol Hill spot dishes out delicious banh mi sandwiches as well as inventive banh mi rice bowls.

Pho 120

Phone:
303-466-6346

Authentic, affordable Vietnamese.

La Loma

Phone:
303-433-8300

This local favorite offers a menu of classic Mexican eats (think: flautas, tacos, and fajitas) in a convivial downtown location. Pair your meal with one of the refreshing house margaritas.

Taki Sushi

Phone:
303-282-0111

Stop into this West Washington Park locale for Japanese fusion cuisine and a crisp glass of saki. Sushi is the signature dish, but the restaurant also serves noodle bowls and teriyaki.

Eat + Drink Denver

Phone:
303-477-3288

Specializing in a global array of cheeses, as well as charcuterie, rustic breads, hard-to-find chocolates, and olive oils, this shop/bistro is a little slice of food-loving heaven. They also offer small plates and a moderate but well-edited wine list.

Flagstaff House

Phone:
303-442-4640

Located atop Flagstaff Mountain, this restaurant has a huge wine list and a spectacular view of Boulder. Try the seasonal foie gras plate.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include BorraCho Taco, Chicken Rebel, Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, the Rotary, and Bistro Georgette.

Crimson and Gold

Phone:
720-379-5454

This casual college bar specializes in burgers. Order the Pioneer with haystack onion rings, pepperjack, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Boon, with green-chile strips, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli.

Lansdowne Arms Bistro and Pub

Phone:
303-346-9136

Enjoy a variety of traditional Irish pub fare, including fish and chips, or savor the American classics with a burger or prime rib.

Spicy Basil Asian Grill

Phone:
303-871-8828

A winning combination of Thai entrees and curries, tempura, and other Asian soups, salads, and entrees. The peanut sauce curry is a must-try.

Pete’s Central I

Phone:
303-778-6675

Gyros, chicken, and lamb kabobs. Plus grape-leaf dolmades stuffed with either rice, veggies, or beef.

Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant

Phone:
303-935-4141

Choose from more than 200 entrees—including the chef-recommended cubed beef stir fry and special hue noodle soup—at this small, family-owned restaurant.

Carmine’s on Penn

Phone:
303-777-6443

This family-style Italian restaurant serves huge platters of hearty food on a year-round patio.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

This family-owned owned restaurant offers authentic northern thai cuisine featuring freshly harvested produce and herbs from its in-house garden. Order the pad thai, and if you're a spice-lover, don't miss the flu shot soup.

Colore Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Phone:
303-761-4332

This modern pizza shop serves more than just pies. Traditional Italian dishes such as chicken Marsala and ravioli are also on the menu, as are panini and salads.

Izakaya Ronin

Phone:
303-953-1602

Chef Corey Baker of Sushi Ronin brings high-end sushi to RiNo. You can sip Japanese whisky and slurp ramen until late into the evening in the basement bar.

Morin

Phone:
303-623-0534

Chef Max Mackissock serves imaginative French fare at this elegant eatery. Sip a glass of natural wine from the extensive list and enjoy a platter of raw oysters.

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Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

This charming Boulder restaurant aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. Pair a cider with the Colorado trout or the Caribou Ranch steak.

Azitra

Phone:
303-465-4444

Taste Indian fare with contemporary twists as you explore the varied menu. Try the goat curry, made with goat meat on the bone braised in a traditional Northern Indian-style curry sauce.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (City Park)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Tucked inside the Atomic Cowboy, the spot's menu is small (just three pizza varieties, including a gluten-free version), but it's cheap and servings are enormous.

Onefold

Phone:
303-954-0877

This eatery does breakfast justice. Try the bacon fried rice.

Thai Pot Cafe

Phone:
303-693-6200

Try a variety of curries, noodle bowls, soups, salads, and coconut-infused desserts at this cozy Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles with eggplant are a favorite.

Pho-Yo

Phone:
303-750-3007

What sets this pho restaurant apart from its competition is its frozen yogurt. The menu also includes traditional pho noodle bowls and boba tea.

Panzano

Phone:
303-296-3525

Grab a seat at the exhibition kitchen and enjoy rustic northern Italian cuisine.

Agave Taco Bar

Phone:
303-425-6225

This street-style taqueria tops house-made corn tortillas (including a squid-ink variety) with anything from nopalitos to grilled shrimp to poblano peppers. For maximum effect, head to the patio to sip on a margarita or one of the fresh, authentic agua fresca juices.

1515 Restaurant

Phone:
303-571-0011

Experience innovative, contemporary cuisine featuring local ingredients, plus fresh seafood, steak, and game. Stop by for lunch and try one of their popular burger options.

Athenian Restaurant

Phone:
720-449-0224

This convivial restaurant specializes in flavorful Greek fare. Try the pastitsio.

Sushi Bay 17

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-321-1805

Wide variety, quality presentation, and attentive service have earned this sushi locale the right to be called a destination. Enjoy happy hour fare—including oysters, sashimi, rolls, and drinks—on the outdoor patio. We suggest trying their daily special.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

Phone:
303-683-0600

Enjoy authentic New York style pizza such as the Manhattan Pesto pizza or the Upstate Chicken, a buffalo chicken pizza. Choose from 50 craft brews on draft, and for dessert try the School Yard, a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with vanilla ice cream, fudge, and caramel.

Limelight Supper Club & Lounge

Phone:
720-227-9984

Sleek, modern design, a wide variety of appetizers, and a location in the DCPA make this the perfect place to grab a bite before a show.

Carboy Winery

Phone:
720-532-1389

With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-534-2222

Italian doesn't get more authentic than this (both the chef and the manager are native Italians). Try the Cappellacci di Zucca.

Tap Fourteen (Uptown)

Phone:
720-612-4604

Tap Fourteen's Uptown location has 70 Colorado-brewed craft beers on tap and lots of local spirits behind the bar. With two patios and four fire pits, this beer garden is the perfect stop on a sunny day.

Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-972-1011

This small, family-owned restaurant whips up traditional Italian food with fresh ingredients. Enjoy the fresh mozzarella balls, spinach pinwheels, or brick oven–baked pizzas.

Meatball Eatery & Libations

Phone:
720-420-0254

This speakeasy-influenced eatery (attached to Zig Zig Smokin’ Burger) promises diners 12,376 different ways to get their meatball fix. Try the meatball-centric charcuterie board, which comes with creamy mozzarella cheese, seared olives, and garlic bread.

Osaka Ramen

Phone:
303-955-7938

Jeff Osaka's modern ramen shop features original noodle soups, bento boxes, and creative small plates. Try the mochi doughnuts.

New Saigon

Phone:
303-936-4954

This spot serves an extensive menu featuring delicious rice paper wraps, crispy soft shell crabs, soups, salads, and much more.

Yabby Hut

Phone:
303-985-0231

Transport yourself to the bayou at this seafood joint where you can indulge in Cajun crawfish, king crab legs, blue crab, shrimp, and clams--and then leave your mess behind on the throw-away tablecloths.

Solutions Lounge and Restaurant

Phone:
303-653-9183

Once you've made your way out of an escape room, celebrate by enjoying a meal at Solutions' steampunk-themed, cheese-centric restaurant. No need to puzzle over what to order: Try the mac n' cheese or Raclette.

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

Phone:
303-247-9383

An intimate cafe serving delicious homemade food in a casual setting. For breakfast try the scrumptious crepes and omelets, and for dinner feast on the almond crusted brie stuffed salmon.

Kitchen Table BBQ

Phone:
303-399-9703

This Kentucky-style barbecue spot located inside of Goosetown Tavern serves up some tasty meat plates, from sliced brisket to bison jalapeño cheddar sausage. Be sure to order a basket of the house-made cornbread.

Cantina Laredo

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado.

Federal Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-9479

A neighborhood hangout for the beer enthusiast, featuring a hefty list of craft brews from around the country. Sip on something gluten-free or peruse the traditional tavern-style menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers.

Okinawa

Phone:
303-322-8886

Calling all Japanese food lovers: The extensive menu at this spot offers everything from miso soup and sushi to lamb chops with plum-soy marinade.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

Phone:
303-955-5580

This neighborhood New York-style pizza place features antipasto, 22 signature pies, and calzones. Take a seat at the 50-foot bar and choose among the 32 brews on tap.

Plaza Beer Garden

  • Denver
  • Union Station
Phone:
720-460-3701

Located at Union Station, this beer garden offers a convivial setting for German-inspired bites such as bratwurst, pretzels, and chicken shnitzel fingers.

Maloney’s Tavern

Phone:
303-825-1990

This pop culture-themed bar and grill with a lively and comfortable atmosphere serves up a variety of burgers, steaks, salads, and pasta, plus the signature jumbo martinis.

Lucy

Phone:
720-274-6868

Located above the Comedy Works Greenwood Village, this revamped eatery serves classic American dishes. Sample their signature mac and cheese.

Miners Saloon

Phone:
303-993-3850

Grab a beer from one of the 24 on draft and enjoy the atmosphere of a modern-day saloon complete with a Victorian parlor. Try the ten-hour roast beef, grilled cheese, or charcuterie plate.

Colterra

Phone:
303-652-0777

The menu is inspired by the classics of southern France and northern Italy.

Mizu Izakaya

Phone:
720-372-7100

This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers an impressive bar and a hip atmosphere. Try items from the binchotan (charcoal grill) or the raw bar, or stick with appetizers like the cream pork kimchi.

Rackhouse Pub

Phone:
720-570-7824

Located in the Bindery on Blake, this gastropub serves contemporary comfort food like mac and cheese, soft pretzels, burgers, and duck fat fries. Try the ciders offered in the bar from neighboring C Squared Ciders.

Midwestern Saloon

Phone:
303-455-0954

Kick back and enjoy a plethora of Midwestern comfort food eats. Dig into the Juicy Lucy burger, an Aspen Ridge patty stuffed with cheese and brown butter garlic aïoli. Or, stop by for the weekend brunch and indulge in the Graceland French toast—bread topped with bananas, whipped peanut butter, and bacon lardons.

Benihana

Phone:
303-750-0200

This family-friendly, Japanese-style hibachi steak house is a fun place for both lunch and dinner.

Big Smoke Burger

Phone:
303-756-3145

Diners can customize handcrafted burgers with toppings like jalapeño havarti and roasted peppers, or opt for one of the signature creations. Order the Colorado lamb burger crowned with a cilantro-feta spread with a side of poutine.

Midopa

Phone:
303-745-1373

Fresh, home-style Korean dishes. Dolpa (or hot pots) is the specialty, served large enough for two.

Grimaldi’s

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-623-3271

Grimaldi's is a New York institution with a century of serving coal-fired, build-your-own pizzas and calzones behind it.

Freshcraft

Phone:
303-758-9608

Head to this spot for an extensive beer selection with more than 100 bottles and 20 on tap, and an innovative twist on comfort pub food.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

Phone:
303-442-3003

Inspired by the pizzerias of Napoli, Italy, this contemporary pizza joint offers a modern take on a traditional classic. Try the mais pizze. Also try the fast-casual locations in Denver.

Pasta Pasta Pasta

Phone:
303-377-2782

Find homestyle Italian classics, including a wide variety of pastas, at this cozy Cherry Creek spot.

Cherry Creek Grill

Phone:
303-322-3524

Specialties include spit-roasted chicken, grilled fish, ribs, and wood-roasted steaks.

Bull & Bush Brewery

  • Denver
  • Washington Virginia Vale
Phone:
303-759-0333

Like the London original but with sports bar entertainment. Try the Queen Mother BBQ Burger.

Bar Car

Phone:
720-524-8099

The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the 'Awesome Burgers' and fries cooked under the same roof.

Emerald Isle

Phone:
303-690-3722

Fajitas are the speciality at this spot overlooking the Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern

Phone:
303-800-2652

Find a slice of Wisconsin located next to sister-restaurant, the Rhein Haus. Don't miss the tempura-fried cheese curds or Friday wall-eye fish fry dinners.

Sub Culture

Phone:
303-420-3232

Choose from a menu with more than 50 sandwich offerings. The Colorado beef used in many of the subs is slow-cooked in house for seven hours. For vegetarians, try the Mega Veggie made with tempeh, grilled vegetables, and pesto. Pair your sub with the house's specialty bourbon and lemonade.

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

Phone:
303-404-2722

Big Mac & Little Lu's brings the Florida beaches to the Centennial state with carefully sourced seafood and thoughtfully paired beverages. Try the almond-crusted hogfish with a crab-mustard sauce, Caribbean rice, and vegetables, or select one of four po' boy sandwiches. To start your meal, you can never go wrong with smoked fish croquettes.

Cafe Brazil

Phone:
303-480-1877

This colorful South American restaurant specializes in seafood and shellfish and is great for those with dietary restrictions.

Park Burger (Highland)

Phone:
303-862-8461

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Royale, with carmelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon, and the Croque, topped with Swiss and a fried egg. Add a milkshake, like the peanut butter chocolate, or a rootbeer float.

The Post Brewing Co. (Rosedale)

Phone:
720-466-5699

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

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Basta

Phone:
303-997-8775

This wood-fired eatery offers bold flavors and good wine. Try the tuna panna cotta if it's on the menu.

Middleman

Phone:
303-353-4207

Relax to live music while sipping a craft cocktail at this eclectic neighborhood bar. The food skews New Mexican, with bites such as stacked enchiladas and a green chile burger.

BookBar

Phone:
303-284-0194

Endearingly coined "a book shop for wine lovers, a wine bar for book shoppers," this cozy nook of an eatery offers house-made hors d'oeuvres as well as delicious cups of java from Method Coffee Roasters.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Phone:
303-993-8023

This Edible Beats restaurant features quirky design details and a stage for live music. The "gastro-brothel" menu encompasses globally inspired pub fare like flatbreads, small plates, and stone-fire skillets. Try the green chile cornbread with goat cheese.

Souk Shawarma

Phone:
720-269-4778

Chef Jon Robbins of Bistro Barbès puts his twist on the classic shawarma at this Avanti Food & Beverage spot. Customers can choose fillings such as spit-roasted beef or chicken and sauces like carrot harissa and chermoula to build a perfect pita sandwich.

The Kitchen

Phone:
303-544-5973

This community bistro serves seasonal, rustic classics. Head over during community hour for the green salad with chévre and hazelnuts, mushrooms on toast, and curry-spiced nuts; be sure to peruse the extensive beer and wine lists.

Urban Farmer

Phone:
303-262-6070

Executive chef Chris Starkus harvests the restaurant's honey from rooftop hives, grows Hazel Dell mushrooms in a downstairs terrarium, and sources locally raised animals for the in-house butchery and dry-aging program at this modern steak house.

Chad’s Grill

Phone:
303-988-5666

A neighborhood cafe offering a variety of foods, including pizza, seafood, and pasta.

Blue Spruce Brewery

Phone:
303-771-0590

Blue Spruce features its own hand-crafted beers along with an ecclectic menu of burgers, German, and Mexican pub fare. Try the Jackalope sausage, made with rabbit, pork, and antelope meats with habanero and dried cherries.

Forest Room 5

Phone:
303-433-7001

Get your game on with hearty Western-influenced fare like bison burgers and antelope and pulled pork sandwiches. Hot spot for film and art shows. Great view of the city.

Tavern Platt Park

Phone:
303-226-1766

The Tavern offers a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. Nab a plate of the nachos and pair it with the Citrus Mojito. Multiple locations.

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

Phone:
303-421-8000

Enjoy classic sandwiches and delicious baked goods, but try something new when the cafe transforms into an artisanal pizza place at night. The large, comfortable eatery also includes a quick-service frozen yogurt shop.

Sideways Sports Lounge

Phone:
303-424-7748

Beer and genuine pit BBQ: ribs, chicken, and sandwiches, plus chili, gumbo, and more. Sells meat by the pound, with two delectable sauces.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

Phone:
303-364-1102

The second location of this fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer.

Zoës Kitchen (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-3991

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Hudson Hill

Phone:
303-832-0776

Head to this upscale-yet-casual bar for crafted cocktails like the 8 a.m., a blend of espresso, whiskey, amaro, and lemon peel. Enjoy your drink with a cheese plate or the pork terrine.

West Flanders Brewing Company

Phone:
303-447-2739

At this brewpub, patrons can dig into upscale comfort food like the baked Mac n Lobster, which is filled with pulled Maine lobster, sweet potatoes, fresh tarragon, sauce mornay, and Gruyère.

The Kitchen Denver

Phone:
303-623-3127

This community bistro features consciously sourced ingredients and a raw seafood bar. Try the comforting tomato soup. Also try the Boulder location.

Brasserie Ten Ten

Phone:
303-998-1010

The bustling environment and unpretentious food pay homage to a traditional French brasserie. Try the poulet en brique or steak frites.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro (Uptown)

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-832-6274

This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the banh mi taco with roasted pork and Sriracha mayo. Multiple locations.

North

Phone:
720-941-7700

This restaurant offers a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, from inventive pastas and to vibrant pizzas. Try the Bolognese or Short Rib Radiatori.

India’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-755-4284

This spot serves traditional Indian fare, including flavorful dishes like tandoori chicken. Take advantage of the lunch buffet, and be sure to try the cinnamon bread pudding.

Punch Bowl Social (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-765-2696

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of their diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Baker location.

Pints Pub

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-534-7543

Burgers, fish and chips, and 11 kinds of beer (including two cask-conditioned ales) brewed in-house make up the menu. Their 300 plus single malt whiskey selection is one of the largest in the world.

Sushi Tazu

Phone:
303-320-1672

The extensive, authentic menu includes both sushi and cooked dishes. Small, popular, and very good.

iFish

Phone:
303-708-1255

This sushi and pan-Asian restaurant receives fresh fish throughout the week from around the world and uses locally sourced Colorado beef and lamb.

La Sandia (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-373-9100

Traditional Mexican cuisine with a distinct modern flair served in a casual atmosphere.

Guard and Grace

Phone:
303-293-8500

Chef Troy Guard's modern steak house offers a chic setting for his innovative fare, which includes a raw bar and delicate salads. Try the flight of filet mignon.

Williams & Graham

Phone:
303-997-8886

Disguised as a book store, Sean Kenyon's Denver speakeasy is one of the city's best cocktail destinations. Sip a seasonal cocktail and nosh on small plates, such as roasted bone marrow with bacon jam.

Cinzzetti’s

Phone:
303-451-7300

A celebration of Italian food, bringing together the sights and sounds of an Italian piazza.

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12 at Madison

Phone:
720-216-0190

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format dish meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's cozy restaurant is ideal for dining with a small group. Don't miss the lamb shoulder.

Crepes a la Carte (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-4191

This casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and sweet dessert crepes made-to-order. Also enjoy appetizers like escargot and frog's legs (only at this location).

Esters Neighborhood Pub

Phone:
303-955-4904

In addition to its 22 craft beer tap handles, Esters offers fresh pub eats. Try the popular Fee pizza, a pie topped with Fat Tire-braised pork, caramelized onions, jalapeños, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Lighter options include salads and sandwiches.

Indulge Wine Bar

Phone:
303-991-1994

Sip both Old and New World wines while snacking on dishes like green-lipped mussels and braised pork shank.

Pizza Republica

Phone:
720-489-2030

House-made Italian fare with Neapolitan pizza. Try the meatball and the stuffed shells.

Phoenician Kabob

Phone:
303-355-7213

This quiet restaurant serves a solid menu of Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare. Try the sabanekh, pastries stuffed with spinach, onion, and pine nuts.

Greek to Me

Phone:
303-220-3447

This authentic Greek restaurant and steakhouse, owned by a man who's family has lived in Greece for many generations, offers house-made specialties such as spanakopita, grilled octopus, gyros, and baklava.

Tavern Uptown

Phone:
303-830-9210

In an atmosphere that feels more like a living room than a tavern (think comfy couches, a stone fireplace, and plasma TVs), sit back and relax.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

Phone:
303-399-2000

This quaint bistro offers a dose of Chicago and Italy in a cozy, Tuscan-style dining room. Favorites include the delicate marinara, homemade meatballs, and rustic ciabatta. Don't miss the live musical entertainment.

Salati Italian Street Food

Phone:
303-307-1695

Rooted in Italian tradition, this welcoming hot spot offers local brews and street food options including prosciutto grilled flatbread, carpaccio, and pork puttanesca.

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

Phone:
720-482-9191

Italian doesn't get more authentic than this (both the chef and the manager are native Italians). Try the Cappellacci di Zucca.

Ste. Ellie

Phone:
303-477-1447

Head to this chic subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray for expertly crafted cocktails and inventive bar snacks.

Hops & Pie

Phone:
303-477-7000

Craft pizza and local brews are this spot’s forte. Load up your pie with toppings such as blackberry barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeño, and wash it all down with a choice of more than 20 beers.

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Phone:
720-460-2728

Located in the Dairy Block, this spot specializes in southwestern fare, such as Navajo tacos. Also try the Westminster location.

Will Call

Phone:
720-484-6428

This neighborhood pub features a menu of bar bites, salads, burgers, and Venezuelan arepas. Try the RiNo arepa filled with black bean paste, grilled onions, shishito peppers, and pork with mango habanero sauce.

Citron Bistro

Phone:
303-771-5800

Two Greek brothers own this romantic American-Mediterranean restaurant. Entree options include lemon pepper chicken, adobo grilled chicken salad, and shrimp linguine.

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-830-6839

This Colorado-themed sports bar features 16 ales from local breweries. Pick your favorite to wash down the Buffalo Bill, a local buffalo slider, or the Colorado Bass fish tacos. Plus, watch your favorite teams on 38 plasma-screen TVs.

Lucile’s Creole Café (Platt Park)

Phone:
303-284-5230

What was once a neighborhood post office is now home to Creole-style breakfasts. Dig into a gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuit, nibble on some sweet beignets, or sip on a Bloody Mary. The ample outdoor seating is ideal for the Denver sunshine.

The Way Back

Phone:
970-682-6888

Settle in for craft cocktails and chef Jon Lavelle's polished fare, such as roast chicken with salsify.

Saltgrass Steak House (Parker)

Phone:
303-840-2370

This Texas steak house chain specializes in certified Angus steaks, but also try the BBQ baby back ribs. Soups, salads, and desserts are made from scratch.

Maria Empanada

Phone:
303-934-2221

Go straight for the empanadas. The 15-plus flavors range from the beef classico to vegan veggie to tango. Buy them in singles or share a dozen, but save room for the alfajores. Multiple locations.

To The Wind Bistro

Phone:
303-316-3333

This cozy neighborhood restaurant offers a fresh, casual take on bistro fare and a top-notch craft beer selection. You'll find eclectic plates like cornmeal waffles with roasted pork shoulder, kampachi poke, and buttermilk chicken with pink banana squash.

Paris Wine Bar

Phone:
303-455-2451

Serving wines without attitude. More than 20 affordable, quality, international wines by the glass and tapas-style food.

LoHi Steakbar

Phone:
303-927-6334

Steak is an obvious favorite at this casual bar, but you can find burgers, chicken, and fish on the menu, too. Try a specialty cocktail, like a Moscow mule or a lavender '75.

Los Pastes Mexican Empanadas

Phone:
720-535-8153

The "paste," a cousin of the empanada, is a small English savory pie. Try a variety of fillings such as potato, onion, and beef or chicken mole.

My Other Bar

Phone:
720-389-8773

Try a cocktail made from house-infused alcohol such as cucumber gin, pickled vodka, citrus vodka, and jalapeño vodka. Food options include an Angus burger, chicken wings, fried pickles, and parmesan fries. Located inside Campagna Pizzeria.

Ivy at the Glenn

Phone:
303-730-7200

Settle in with a glass of wine by the fireplace for a romantic evening meal. Try the cherry glazed crisp duck served with a seasonal vegetable and risotto or the garlic-rubbed lamb chops with mint and cured lemon.

Blake Street Tavern

Phone:
303-675-0505

This Ballpark-Area favorite is great for the huge plates of nachos, award-winning green chile, and Colorado craft beer selection. Enjoy the patio when the weather is warm.

Blackbelly Butcher

Phone:
720-479-8296

Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, this butcher shop and lunch counter sources local animals for the in-house butchery program. The quality meats shine in the stacked sandwiches (we recommend the house bologna).

25 Best Restaurants

Coperta

Phone:
720-749-4666

Tuck into comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Try the pollo alla diavola or the spaghetti carbonara.

Thai Monkey Club (Golden)

Phone:
303-404-2800

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the pad kra pao papaya salad or the sticky rice mango.

Oak at Fourteenth

Phone:
303-444-3622

This bright, open space just off the Pearl Street Mall offers a diverse, ever-changing menu of seasonal, oak-fired eats from chef Steve Redzikowski and creative cocktails from Bryan Dayton. Order the kale-apple salad, braised meatballs, or smoked brisket.

Arada

Phone:
303-329-3344

Get a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at this cozy restaurant. Try the Doro Wot—a traditional dish of spicy, stewed chicken.

Bistro Vendôme

Phone:
303-825-3232

This romantic spot on Larimer Square conjures up Paris with crusty bread, excellent coffee, and a tranquil patio. Indulge in French bistro classics, such as steak frites with béarnaise sauce. Weekend brunch is particularly good, with a to-die-for croque madame.

Nomad Taqueria & Beer Garden

Phone:
303-215-0100

Spend an evening lounging on the 7,000-square-foot patio at this rustic southwestern restaurant, which features vibrant tamales and tacos and flavorful entrées like adobo pork loin. Complete your meal with Nomad's very own Key Lime Kolsch.

Zoës Kitchen (Westminster)

Phone:
303-466-9658

This chain's menu is inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake. Also try the Littleton location.

Jack-n-Grill

Phone:
303-964-9544

An appealing hole in the wall with New Mexican recipes and home-style food. Also try the Westminster location.

Matsuhisa Denver

Phone:
303-329-6628

Legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa kicks Japanese staples up to the next level. Start with signature uni shooters and don't miss the black cod with sweet miso.

Jewel of India

Phone:
303-469-7779

Serving a wide variety of Indian favorites, such as chicken tikka masala. Try the lunch buffet.

Mangia Bevi Cafe

Phone:
303-763-1980

Snack on sweet potato fries or a Rusty's Sicilian burger, grilled salmon with onions and mushrooms, at this Italian cafe. There is an atmosphere to please everyone, grab a seat at the bar and see the kitchen or watch TV while you dine, or sit in a comfy chair by the fireplace.

Undici Ristorante

Phone:
303-761-2828

With its high ceilings, wooden floors, and rich gnocchi and ravioli, this restaurant is elegant Italian.

Corridor 44

Phone:
303-893-0044

This elegant lounge offers more than 125 bottles of champagne and 20 cocktails. Try the pomegranate or black velvet (Guinness with champagne) varieties. Its American menu features perfect champagne compliments, such as smoked salmon and caviar potato chips.

Bistro Al Vino

Phone:
303-400-3166

Enjoy live entertainment six nights a week at this neighborhood bistro. Or, if you prefer a more low-key dinner, ask for one of the quiet tables. Start with your choice of more than 175 wines before digging into dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, lamb meatballs, and seared ahi tuna.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-322-6424

A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, panini, and pasta in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, catering, and delivery within three miles.

Uncorked Kitchen

Phone:
720-907-3838

This one-of-a-kind space offers interactive cooking classes in a wine bar setting. After you're done with your class, you can enjoy your culinary creation over a glass of wine.

Augustine Grill

Phone:
303-814-3663

Relax in the meandering garden and enjoy lamb and fresh seafood selections and an extensive wine list. Don't miss the classic steak au poivre with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

RiNo Beer Garden

Phone:
303-295-3800

Say, "Prost!" at this German-inspired beer garden. Select a beer from one of the 60 taps to enjoy on the 3,700-square-foot outdoor patio. Be sure to try the chicken and dumplings or schnitzel gnocchi.

Bar Fausto

Phone:
720-445-9691

This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates. Try the seasonal bruschetta.

Yellowbelly Chicken (Aurora)

Phone:
720-259-2393

At this fast-casual spot inside the Stanley Marketplace, free-range poultry is fried (or rotisserie roasted) to perfection and served with an array of seasonal side dishes and salads. Try the West Vail, a sandwich made with crispy chicken tenders, lettuce, pickles, and a zesty house sauce. Multiple locations.

Fire on the Mountain

Phone:
303-480-9464

Serving up fresh chicken wings tossed in your choice of twelve house-made sauces including raspberry habanero, Jamaican jerk, and spicy peanut. Vegan wings are available, as well as burgers and sandwiches.

Breckenridge on Blake

Phone:
303-297-3644

This Ballpark neighborhood pub serves up crowd-pleasing appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Choose from 32 American craft beers on tap, including Breckenridge Brewery's beers.

Que Bueno Suerte

Phone:
720-642-7322

The menu at this vibrant restaurant offers familiar items like tacos and fajitas as well as upscale, regionally inspired Mexican fare. Try the pulpo a la parrilla (grilled citrus-garlic octopus with huitlacoche-butter sauce) or the achiote roasted pheasant.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple Locations.

Viet’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-922-5774

Enjoy sophisticated Vietnamese cuisine at this modern eatery. It boasts everything from fresh spring rolls and pho favorites to gourmet seafood plates.

Ship Tavern

Phone:
303-297-3111

Serves specialties such as prime rib and Rocky Mountain trout in a nautical atmosphere in the Brown Palace Hotel.

25 Best Restaurants

The Plimoth

Phone:
303-297-1215

An emphasis on locally farmed and foraged ingredients results in an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, like confit heirloom potatoes and cauliflower-turnip gratinée.

Los Lounge

Phone:
303-295-0686

Think of Los Lounge as the late night sister restaurant to Troy Guard’s Los Chingones in RiNo. The menu offers an abbreviated version of Los Chigones' tacos and apps and plenty of festive cocktails.

Sushi Sasa

Phone:
303-433-7272

Enjoy Japanese fusion cuisine—including sushi combos, poke bowls, noodles, and much more—in a sleek, modern setting. Don't miss the seared wagyu beef with cucumbers, foie gras potatoes, and sesame salt.

Englewood Grand

Phone:
303-568-9948

Although the focus at this comfortable bar is on the booze, you'll also find one mean french dip sandwich.

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Phone:
720-446-8029

This eatery offers full-service bike tune-up and repairs. Enjoy local craft beers or a steaming cup of Pablo's coffee while you wait.

Ted’s Montana Grill

Phone:
303-893-0654

Comfort food for the 21st century in an authentic Western atmosphere. Multiple locations.

Boulder Cork

Phone:
303-443-9505

Established in 1969, this is Boulder's oldest steak house. The varied menu also features prime rib, teriyaki sirloin, and scallops.

FNG

Phone:
303-963-5931

Troy Guard offers elevated comfort food with a side of rock ‘n roll at this neighborhood spot. Try the house-made charcuterie.

Mila

Phone:
303-228-0770

Restauranteur Kevin Taylor expands his empire of Denver eateries with this Mediterranean-inspired spot. Try the oyster mushroom pizza.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s

Phone:
303-993-5812

Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney.

Bird

Phone:
303-777-0500

This elevated diner offers comfort food for anytime of day. Regulars love the meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, and savory pot pies.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

Phone:
303-758-9061

Start your day off with fresh squeezed juices and smoothies or swing by in the afternoon for happy hour and enjoy a mini cheese pizza. Don't miss brunch on the weekends with a menu of omelettes, pancakes, and more.

25 Best Restaurants

Blackbelly

Phone:
303-247-1000

Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the heritage breed porchetta for two. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

Wildflower Cafe

Phone:
303-674-3323

A great breakfast or lunch spot. Don't miss the Bloody Marys or the BLT.

Rackhouse

Phone:
720-570-7824

Sharing the Bindery on Blake space with Bierstadt Lagerhaus and C-Squared Ciders, the Rackhouse's menu focuses on foods that pair well with beer and cider. Try the indulgent mac and cheese, which combines six creamy cheeses and is finished with a topping of pork "dust."

El Cazo Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
72-512-4772

The brainchild of chef Efran Velasquez, this Jefferson Park restaurant specializes in Colorado-style Mexican cuisine. Try the fajitas with your choice of shrimp, pork, beef, or chicken.

GB Fish & Chips

  • Denver
  • South Park Hill
Phone:
303-333-4551

Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

Ace Eat Serve

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-800-7705

This Uptown restaurant and ping-pong hall features Asian-inspired cuisine, 10 ping-pong tables, and house-made juices and sodas.

Beckon

Phone:
303-749-0020

Chef Duncan Holmes and the team behind next door's Call bring an elevated, intimate dining experience to Larimer Street. The Scandinavian-influenced menu changes seasonally, and wine and mocktail pairings are available.

Sam’s No. 3 (Aurora)

Phone:
303-751-0347

Try this friendly diner's best-selling supreme breakfast burrito with ham, bacon, sausage, gyro, eggs, potatoes, and green chili.

Ocean Prime

Phone:
303-825-3663

A marriage between land and sea, this supper club offers steak house dining and fresh fish in one.

Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern

Phone:
720-963-2055

La Cave—located inside the Sheraton Denver West Hotel—is a wine-centric restaurant that riffs on upscale continental cuisine. Order up the filet mignon or the shrimp and polenta.

Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-832-2367

With its young, hip vibe, Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar specializes in Japanese classics with a twist. Stop by for a bowl of savory sukiyaki ramen, topped with rib-eye steak, corn, enoki mushrooms, and a fish cake.

Carbone’s at the Monkey Barrel

Phone:
720-638-3655

Carbone's Italian Sausage Market & Deli has joined forces with the Monkey Barrel. This bar and restaurant duo will be your go-to spot for a beer and an Italian sandwich.

Cheesecake Factory (Downtown)

Phone:
303-595-0333

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Phone:
303-623-0316

Around the corner from Union Station lies pub-food heaven: Half-pound burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and even wood-fired pizzas make up the menu. Also try the new Cherry Creek location.

Epernay Lounge

Phone:
303-573-5000

This contemporary fusion restaurant features high-end diner style food like sandwiches and mac n cheese, to charcuterie and shrimp cocktails.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-799-4999

Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three.

Snooze (Southglenn)

Phone:
303-734-9655

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Pierre Michel Cafe

Phone:
303-471-4828

The seasonal menu at this French bakery changes almost daily. Every day there is a lunch special, such as pizza. For dinner, the chef makes a new three-course meal. Try a chocolate croissant in the morning.

Uber Sausage

Phone:
303-862-7894

With a modern approach to traditional European sandwichery, this contemporary eatery offers gourmet house-made sausages topped with crisp produce and unique sauces.

School House Kitchen and Libations

Phone:
720-639-4213

This school-themed restaurant offers more than 1,100 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

The Goods

Phone:
303-355-5445

Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs.

Sushi Wave

Phone:
303-790-8822

Full sushi bar with fresh fish, as well as a variety of beef and chicken dishes.

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

Phone:
303-733-7448

This neighborhood restaurant offers breakfast all day, including a mean chicken and waffles. Its sister spot, Devil's Food Bakery, is located just four doors down and serves scratch-baked goods and coffee drinks.

Egg Shell

Phone:
303-322-1601

Fabulous pancakes and great omelets make this a perennial breakfast favorite. For lunch, sip a mimosa on the heated patio, and try the tasty Reubens and hamburgers.

Armida’s Mexican Restaurant & Lounge

Phone:
303-837-8921

Drop into this cantina for a taste of Mexican favorites served best with karaoke. Fill up on chicken fajitas or share a plate of nachos with the table.

Brewery Bar III

Phone:
303-708-9333

This casual Mexican spot serves up a crispy chile rellenos, great green chile, and margaritas.

La Merise French Cuisine

Phone:
720-596-4360

Feel as if you've stepped into Paris at this romantic, candle-lit French restaurant. Try the chicken croquettes with a dill cream sauce and rice pilaf or the beef bourguignonne with mashed potatoes.

Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House

Phone:
303-640-1012

A seasonal modern American menu, from braised beef short rib with a rhubarb jus to carrot risotto with tarragon leek butter, in the sleek ambience of the opera house.

Via Baci

Phone:
303-790-0828

Fast-casual restaurant offering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entree salads, and undiscovered Italian wines. On Sunday kids eat for $2.

Nocturne

Phone:
303-295-3333

Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Native Foods Cafe

Phone:
303-442-0213

Native Foods Cafe touts an all-vegan menu featuring their famed house-made seitan and tempeh. Try the butternut polenta bites or the classic deli reuben, wash it down with a lavender lemonade or a watermelon fresca.

The Nickel

Phone:
720-889-2128

Enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie platter before digging into entrées such as Colorado bass. Don't miss the barrel-aged craft cocktails.

Ras Kassa’s

Phone:
303-447-2919

Find shareable Ethiopian cuisine in a comfortable environment. Order a meat or vegetarian combo plate and a glass of honey wine.

Larkburger

Phone:
303-444-1487

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

The Source

Phone:
720-443-1135

This industrial-sleek food hall is home to a variety of hip eateries, bars, and shops. Tenants include Acorn, Comida, Reunion Bread Co., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Caffe Figurati, Isabel, and Mondo Market.

Cook’s Fresh Market

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-893-2277

This deli/grocery/meat counter/coffee bar seems to have it all. Popular for its grab-and-go entrees, the market offers healthy food at a quick pace. Try their house-made soups and salad bar for lunch or pick up dinner to take home.

Palm

Phone:
303-825-7256

A New York import, the Palm is as known for its trademark steaks and sketches on the walls.

North End at 4580

Phone:
303-448-1500

Weekly specials, all-night Sunday happy hour, small and large plates, gluten-free options, and weekend chef-choice dishes keep this local joint interesting. Best bets include the red wine-braised short ribs, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, and pan-seared salmon.

The Pint Room

Phone:
720-283-3200

Wash down the signature Hangover burger (topped with Ohio smoked cheddar, bacon, hashbrowns, and a sunny-side egg) with one of this pub's 175 beer tap offerings.

Sink

Phone:
303-444-7465

Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza,…

Port Side

Phone:
720-549-0622

Grab a slice of avocado toast and a market salad (both made with ingredients from local farms) to pair with your Huckleberry Roasters espresso at this bright cafe.

Stoic & Genuine

Phone:
303-640-3474

Impeccably fresh seafood preparations are the star of this iconic oyster house. Sip on craft cocktails or grower champagnes as you nosh on Alaska king crab legs or Maine lobster. For a satisfying entrée, try the paella moderna.

Bar Louie (Fort Collins)

Phone:
970-530-0600

Try the Luigi sandwich (shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil on a hoagie roll) and save room for the key lime parfait for dessert.

Snooze (Colorado Blvd)

Phone:
303-736-6200

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

El Parral

Phone:
303-798-4586

A Mexican steakhouse offering a variety of menu items like crispy chile rellenos and a big, juicy steak.

WaterCourse Foods

Phone:
303-832-7313

This vegetarian icon has been serving wholesome food since 1998. The zesty soups, salads, and wraps are healthy and delicious. Don’t miss the brunch specials.

Seasons 52

Phone:
303-799-0252

This fresh grill and bar features an award-winning wine list and a seasonal menu. Enjoy signature flatbreads or mini desserts paired with a selection from the extensive wine list.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-789-6096

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches, and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Hasu Sushi & Grill

Phone:
303-722-9968

Try the aptly named Amazing Roll: chopped fatty tuna, cucumber, and scallion on the inside; avocado, crispy kani, eel, and special sauce on the outside.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

Phone:
303-449-1787

Enjoy the robust flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza from the wood-fired oven, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tiramisu.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-399-5353

Owned by Broncos great John Elway, this Colorado steak house serves top-notch beef, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. Try the weekend brunch specialties, like biscuits and gravy or French toast.

Henry’s Tavern

Phone:
720-399-8466

This American tavern features an extensive tap list of craft beer and an eclectic menu. Food selections range from Bavarian soft pretzels to kung pao chicken to flatbread pizzas.

Relish It

Phone:
303-798-3344

Try the guac-rocket, a burger piled high with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and bacon, with a side of sweet potato fries.

Finn’s Manor

Phone:

The indoor bar serves a wide selection of cocktails, while food trucks offer diverse variety of bites, from fried chicken sandwiches to Puerto Rican fare.

The Ramen House

Phone:
720-696-7847

There's a new ramen house on the block, and it's offering appetizers like Japanese fried chicken and comforting bowls like the spicy Sichuan beef and noodle stew. Head over for a late night noodle bowl and a pour of sake.

Living Room

Phone:
303-339-6636

This comfortable and classy wine bar serves Mediterranean tapas, like chickpeas with chard and filo-wrapped zucchini. Test out the Enomatic wine sampling system—a first in Denver—that lets you taste more than 20 wines with the touch of a button.

Hanson’s Grill & Tavern

Phone:
303-744-1052

Neighborhood sports bar offering classic bar food and a variety of entertainment options including pool tables and darts.

Ale House at Amato’s

Phone:
303-433-9734

Choose from 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and cocktails made with Colorado spirits. Try the elk sausage macaroni and cheese or the Breckenridge IPA-battered fish and chips.

C.B. & Potts Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-770-1982

Enjoy the nearly 20 TVs at C.B. & Potts while sipping on one of its many microbrews. With many locations, C.B. & Potts is a great choice for a good, fast burger.

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Phone:
303-410-5813

Enjoy high-end southwestern fare like boneless Texas quail or Colorado rainbow trout, or stick to the more moderately priced tacos and shareable "para mesa" dishes.

PMG Wine Bar

Phone:
303-786-8585

Educate your palate with an extensive selection of fine wines available by the glass and the bottle. A menu crafted from French and Italian inspiration offers small and large plates to enjoy. Try the tortellini with butter and sage or prosciutto with house-made ricotta and shishito peppers.

Gurkhas Restaurant

Phone:
303-530-1551

This restaurant's Indian and Nepalese food transports you right to Southern Asia. Try the chicken tikka masala, their most popular dish.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-457-3852

Toast to the good life at this sleek brunch-through-dinner spot that serves classic American fare, like a prime dip sandwich and a rotisserie chicken salad.

LowDown Brewery + Kitchen

Phone:
720-524-8065

The celebrated brewers behind LowDown offer a rotating selection of in-house brewed beers alongside their carefully crafted pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Lazo Empanadas

Phone:
303-296-6710

The fresh-out-of-the-oven empanadas at this spot are irresistable. The most popular flavor of the Argentine stuffed pastry is the traditional ground beef variety, served with a chimichurri sauce.

Lime (Denver Pavilions)

Phone:
303-629-5463

This American cantina offers fresh Mexican food and a wide variety of tequilas. Don't miss the dollar tacos and $5 margaritas every Tuesday.

Tavern Downtown

Phone:
303-299-0100

The fare holds true to the ballpark neighborhood. Choose between Chicago hot dogs and Polish sausages. Great rooftop patio--voted among the top 10 in the country by Playboy--for both drinks and dinner.

The Bistro at Stapleton

Phone:
303-388-9463

Starting with a European-style continental breakfast, the Bistro's menu morphs into house-made charcuterie and cheese plates, tapas, and paninis as the day goes on. Try the rillettes or country pate, both made in house.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

Flavorful Asian dishes benefit from fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the private garden.

Jaya Asian Grill

Phone:
303-757-7887

Delectable Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian specialties served in a warm atmosphere. Catering and to-go party trays also available.

Goosetown Tavern

  • Denver
  • Congress Park
Phone:
303-399-9703

Located across from the Bluebird Theater, this long-standing Denver bar is a good choice for a pre- or post-concert stop. Order one of the 16 beers on tap and a pizza, sandwich, or salad.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
303-333-1567

Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order the sumptuous tacos al pastor. Also try the Union Station location.

Palais Casablanca

Phone:
303-871-0494

This family-friendly Moroccan restaurant serves authentic preparations with flavor and finesse.

Chez Thuy

Phone:
303-442-1700

One of the more authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the metro area.

Chimera

Phone:
720-580-1100

Edwin Zoe, also of Zoe Ma Ma, brings Pacific Rim dishes, such as ramen and soup dumplings, to Boulder.

Dae Gee (Speer)

Phone:
720-542-3164

Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Broadway eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, a sunny-side up egg, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Atomic Cowboy

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Officers Club

Phone:
303-284-0714

Nosh on American staples like Maryland crab cakes, a prime rib French dip, and the juicy Big Boy bacon burger at this neighborhood dining room and bar, which is inspired by the military legacy of the Lowry Air Force Base.

Sassafras American Eatery

Phone:
303-433-0080

Located in a repurposed Victorian home, this eatery charms. Expect to find Southern classics such as eggs Sardou. Multiple locations.

Poka Lola Social Club

Phone:
720-460-2725

Come to this stylish bar located inside the Maven Hotel for soda fountain-style cocktails such as the Poka Phosphate (mezcal, raspberry phosphate, lime, rosemary, and seltzer water). The small food menu changes regularly, but includes dishes like smoked chipotle Colorado lamb ribs.

Mangiamo Pronto!

Phone:
303-297-1229

Order a simple and fresh salad, pizza, or panini at this bistro. Try the pollo pesto panini, chicken breast with arugula, roasted red bell peppers, basil pesto and goat cheese. Stop in before work for a veggie frittata.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Hale)

Phone:
720-550-7665

This fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer. Try their new location in Lowry.

Parkway Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-693-6200

American cuisine, food and games for the whole family. On Fridays if you can't find a place to park close, they will come escort you to the restaurant in a golf cart.

Atelier by Radex

Phone:
720-379-5556

Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

House of Kabob

Phone:
303-756-0744

Enjoy Lebanese and Persian cuisine. Try the Kobeideh, a kabob made with beef, lamb, onion, and tomato.

Jamaican Grill

Phone:
303-623-0013

This family-owned Jamaican restaurant serves classic Caribbean-centric dishes like jerk chicken, fried plaintain, and rice and peas, accompanied by a menu of rum-infused cocktails.

Marco’s Coal-Fired (Englewood)

Phone:
303-790-9000

Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Rusty Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

This standby has made its name serving traditional Mexican tacos. Try the fired chicken taco, topped in jalepeño ranch dressing and crunchy slaw.

The Market

Phone:
303-534-5140

Sandwiches, pastries, salads, and other light dishes keep 'em coming back for more. The front patio is fabulous.

Little Carmine’s

Phone:
303-993-8742

This Italian-American deli, the younger sibling to Carmine's on Penn, offers sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and quality ingredients. The Chicago beef sandwich is a must-order.

Rosie’s Diner

Phone:
303-752-3663

Take a trip back to the '50s at this classic American diner. Enjoy breakfast all day, burgers, and milkshakes while listening to tunes from the jukebox at your booth.

Carelli’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-938-9300

Casually elegant contemporary ristorante serving classic northern and southern Italian dishes. In-house creperia bar features made-from-scratch desserts.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-446-8671

Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites.

Adrift Tiki Bar

Phone:
303-778-8454

The team behind Little Man Ice Cream has given Broadway's tiki bar a makeover. You'll find the same beach-ready rum drinks and kitschy setting, but with upgraded food (try and fresh poke). For dessert, opt for the pineapple upside cake with rum raisin ice cream.

Fork & Spoon

Phone:
303-847-0345

Enjoy a full menu of modern American breakfast and lunch favorites every day of the week. Don't miss out on the hearty biscuits and gravy.

My Brother’s Bar

Phone:
303-455-9991

Enjoy beers and burgers with classical music in one of Denver's oldest bars.

Monaco Inn

Phone:
303-320-1104

Offering Greek, Mexican, and American cooking on one menu.

Crú A Wine Bar (Downtown)

Phone:
303-893-9463

WIth 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge here is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

True Food Kitchen

Phone:
720-509-7661

You can count on this health-inspired cuisine to make your mouth and body happy. The menu features nutrient-dense foods such as kale and quinoa as well as fresh juices.

Postino

Phone:
303-433-6363

This wine bar offers an approachable list of vinos paired with casual fare, including bruschetta, panini, and small plates.

Pho 95 (Centennial)

Phone:
303-797-9535

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is served up every day at this noodle house. Try your pho in any of the 21 different ways that are offered. Also try the Lakewood location.

Wyman’s No. 5

Phone:
303-996-0842

The Chicago-style bar boasts deep-dish pizzas, like the Kickin' Chicken. They also offer thin-crust pies, calzones, salads, and stacked sandwiches.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-440-3355

With delicious bar food favorites, plenty of screens to watch the big game, live music, and rooftop dining this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy living in Boulder.

Fire Restaurant

Phone:
303-572-8000

Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a Colorado lamb chop.

Denver Diner

Phone:
(303) 825-5443

This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées.

Cracovia

Phone:
303-484-9388

Try traditional Polish meals, like pierogi and kielbasa, at this Eastern European restaurant. Polish vodka and European beers are also on the menu.

Karma Asian

Phone:
303-871-0167

Go out to this trendy Asian eatery for a variety of Asian tapas (such as spicy edamame), or get more bang for your buck with the Thai bang bang chicken and shrimp.

Pub on Penn

  • Boulder
  • Capitol Hill
Phone:
303-861-8638

Head to this neighborhood pub for food specials such as all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesday nights and happy-hour drink specials all day, every day. Try the tater tots—ask for them loaded with green chile and cheese.

Quality Italian

Phone:
303-532-8888

This upscale spot serves a smart mix of steak house fare and American-Italian favorites. Try the baked lasagna for two.

Dead Battery Club

Phone:
303-477-2444

This all-day cocktail and food lounge has a fun and funky vibe. Try the Battery Buns, which come in five different flavors including spinach and artichoke.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-389-3343

Choose your cut, sauce, and side—like a porterhouse steak with creamy horseradish and crispy Brussels sprouts—at this upscale, contemporary steak house.

Cucina Colore

Phone:
303-393-6917

An upbeat dining room, bar, and patio are a great backdrop for this menu of contemporary Italian food.

Citizen Rail

Phone:
303-323-0017

This chic eatery offers dry-aged proteins and wood-fire cooking. Try the grilled escarole salad or the bone-in smoked short rib.

Silla

Phone:
303-338-5070

You can't go wrong ordering from the menu at this Korean eatery. Try the seafood dish, haemul pajeon.

Little India

Phone:
303-871-9777

Casual yet upscale Indian dining with just the right spices. Multiple locations.

Chopper’s Sports Grill

Phone:
303-399-4448

A sports bar featuring delicious burgers and hoagies and an impressive collection of sports memorabilia.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Highland)

Phone:
720-502-4608

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this spot offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. A chalkboard displays the extensive tequila menu, and the coin-style margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any taco.

Leña

Phone:
720-550-7267

Inspire your palate with the rich and vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu features authentic favorites like chilaquiles.

Red Claw Seafood and Wings

Phone:
720-328-3620

Savor the Asian-influenced Cajun crawfish, crab legs, oysters, and seven chicken-wing varieties, and toss the remains right on the table at this Louisiana backyard-style eatery.

Reiver’s

Phone:
303-733-8856

Great neighborhood place with a decent menu.

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-630-1980

Don't miss the pulled pork at this Southern-style barbecue joint where specialty sides like house-made baked beans and cornbread. A large patio and a party vibe complement the freshly smoked meat.

Old Mill Brewery

Phone:
303-797-2433

Housed in an old mill, this brew pub serves up chilled IPAs, lagers, and stouts to wash down its tasty burgers and sandwiches.

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

Phone:
303-777-2866

This taqueria bolsters classic street tacos with contemporary ingredients. The key: smoked whole, locally raised animals, including duck and pork. Try them with one of the many tequilas.

Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse

Phone:
303-927-6921

This eatery offers a casually upscale pub atmosphere. Try the roasted chicken, broccoli skillet, Palisade peach pizza, or one of the other artisan wood-fired pizzas. Find Mountain Sun and guest beers, wine, and margaritas at the bar.

Shells & Sauce

Phone:
303-377-2091

Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

American Grind

Phone:
970-420-8484

Located within Avanti Food & Beverage, this counter-service joint serves burgers, fries, and ice cream all made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

Weber

Phone:
303-377-8577

Casual fine dining with choices such as pan-seared diver scallops with root vegetables, wild mushroom hash, pea shoots, and vanilla-poached foie gras. Plus, sip on a glass of wine or specialty mojito.

Snooze (Boulder)

Phone:
303-225-7344

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Salt The Bistro

Phone:
303-444-7258

Try the Teton Waters pasture-raised rib-eye steak with butternut squash and potato gratin and garlic-seared escarole.

Buckhorn Exchange

Phone:
303-534-9505

This Denver classic exudes a Wild West feel with taxidermied animals on the walls and a menu that includes Rocky Mountain oysters and wild game.

Swing Thai

Phone:
303-777-1777

Quick, tasty, and affordable Thai. Multiple locations.

Courier Market Bar Kitchen

Phone:
303-603-4171

Located in the Grand Hyatt Denver, this eatery boasts a daily breakfast buffet as well as a full-service bar and a market with chef-made grab-and-go options. Try the apple flatbread topped with carnitas, white cheddar, onion, and fennel jam.

25 Best Restaurants

Julep

Phone:
303-295-8977

This isn’t your typical Southern restaurant. Chef Kyle Foster serves sophisticated dishes inspired by the flavors and techniques of the South, such as barbecued snails and pork and oyster sausage. Whatever you do, don’t miss Foster’s exemplary biscuits.

Erawan Thai Cafe

Phone:
303-388-3226

Experience the fresh and authentic flavors of Thailand at this Congress Park eatery. Chef-owner Art Suthithanin uses natural herbs and spices to create traditional selections of Asian curries, noodles, and more.

Wingin’ It

Phone:
720-207-2435

Choose from more than 22 flavors of wings (try the mango-barbecue) with dressings and sauces made from scratch.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

Phone:
720-646-1114

Owner Sera Nguyen takes diners on tour of Asian flavors with her unique ramen bowls. We recommend the chilled ramen (served with Korean chile paste) and the fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice to drink.

Cherry Cricket

  • Denver
  • Cherry Creek
Phone:
303-322-7666

This popular neighborhood hangout offers excellent green chile and great burgers. Also try the Ballpark location.

Stanley Beer Hall

Phone:
(720) 749-5098

Located inside the Stanley Marketplace, this beer hall offers 30 ever-changing beer selections and a menu of approachable-yet-elevated pub fare. Chow down on mussels with french fries, warm pretzels with pimento cheese, and spicy maple-glazed chicken wings.

Yurihana

Phone:
303-530-0499

Enjoy authentic flavors from Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Try the Mongolian beef or opt for a lighter selection of fresh sushi.

The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery

Phone:
720-598-6863

Find New Jersey–style sandwiches and craft beers at this Berkeley brewpub. With 50 sandwiches on the menu, it’s not easy to decide, but you can't go wrong with the pastrami.

Locanda Del Borgo

Phone:
303-388-0282

This modern setting offers authentic house-made pasta and entrées cooked on a wood-burning grill.

Irish Snug

  • Denver
  • City Park West
Phone:
303-839-1394

The pub menu offers a variety of beers as well as traditional fare like corned beef and cabbage.

Racines

Phone:
303-595-0418

A Denver institution, Racines offers traditional American fare.

Los Carboncitos (Northwest Metro)

Phone:
303-573-1617

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre—Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables. Multiple locations.

Uchi Denver

Phone:
303-444-1922

James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole combines unexpected flavors for his unique take on Japanese food. Try the sake toro aburi.

Ignite Kitchen and Cocktails

Phone:
303-296-2600

This Ballpark bar and restaurant is an elevated take on your typical burger joint. Enjoy creative burgers, fresh salads, and wood-fired fare. Don't miss the Colorado burger with chipotle mayo, green chile relish, and guacamole.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Phone:
303-297-2700

Enjoy freshly brewed beer and feast on pub favorites such as the hanger steak or the corn and poblano chowder at one of Denver's original brewpubs.

Denver Central Market

Phone:

This RiNo marketplace features 11 vendors with dining options ranging from ceviche to ice cream. Take your pick from Crema Bodega, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio Bar, Greenseed Market, High Point Creamery, Izzio's Bakery, Tammen's Fish Market and Frizzi's Oyster Bar, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolate, Vero Pizza and Pasta, and the Local Butcher.

Thai Flavor

Phone:
720-859-7648

Exemplary Thai food and gracious service. Try the pla goong and the creamy Thai tea.

Cherry Tomato

Phone:
303-377-1914

Make sure to try the pasta Felese: chicken, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes in a white wine cream sauce.

The Hornet

Phone:
303-777-7676

This innovative pub fare boasts an international influence, served in a casual atmosphere.

GB Fish & Chips (Wash Park)

  • Denver
  • Washington Park
Phone:
720-570-5103

Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

Kazan Ramen Bistro

Phone:
720-535-7252

Enjoy a wide selection of ramen soups we well as Japanese small plates like agedashi tofu at this sleek eatery.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Governor’s Park)

Phone:
720-458-0929

The newest location of Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey boasts daily happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m., and all day on Monday. Get a $6 marg and settle in with some street tacos from the main menu, or come early in the day and check out the breakfast taco selection during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.…

Denver Milk Market

Phone:
303-792-8242

Bonanno Concepts’ 16-venue collection of bars and restaurants features everything from fresh pasta to poke bowls to charcuterie. Don’t miss the the signature fried chicken sandwiches at Lou’s Hot and Naked.

The Preservery

Phone:
303-298-6821

This family-owned communal hub offers seasonal sandwiches, snacks, and pastries. Join them for its brand new brunch program, which features savory omelets and zesty ginger mimosas.

Birdcall (Union Station)

Phone:
720-572-8800

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger, located inside Whole Foods. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Five Points location.

Merle’s

Phone:
303-797-6008

This burger bar also serves casual comfort eats such as ribs, pulled pork, and fresh-cut fries.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-708-0888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Bar Louie Denver

Phone:
303-457-5900

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Viewhouse (Centennial)

Phone:
303-835-0658

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in…

Mercury Cafe

Phone:
303-294-9281

Enjoy live music and plenty of vegetarian options, as well as pasta dishes, Colorado fish, and grass-fed bison, lamb, and beef.

House of Commons

Phone:
303-455-4832

You will find more than 60 teas on the menu at this international teahouse. Stop by in the afternoon for High Tea: a sandwich, scone, pastries, and your choice of any tea.

25 Best Restaurants

Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Phone:
303-444-5500

Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats served in the cozy dining room are sourced from executive chef Eric Skokan's Boulder County farm.

Root 25 Taphouse & Kitchen

Phone:
303-779-1234

This upscale pub—with traditional (soups, sandwiches) and adventurous (trio of hare, scallop gnocchi) fare—emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients.

Olive & Finch (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-955-0455

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches and flatbreads, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Uptown location.

The Rib House

Phone:
303-485-6988

Nothing is small at this Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The patio seats more than 50 and the baby back ribs are enormous.

Steuben’s (Arvada)

Phone:
720-282-3308

Steuben's wouldn't be Steuben's without the homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken. This location features the same comfort food favorites and 1950s retro feel—plus a few new surprises on the menu. Also try the Uptown location.

Bones

Phone:
303-860-2929

This noodle bar dishes up savory duck confit egg rolls, candy-like black cod tempura, and addictive steamed buns stuffed with either suckling pig or (our fave) pork belly. Noodle bowl selections are always changing.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Phone:
303-792-2571

This southeast Denver steak house serves prime, fresh meats, chops, and more. Don't miss a cured, roasted, and slow-smoked pork chop carved tableside and served with house-made applesauce. Enjoy it with a wine selection from the towering wine wall.

Next Door (Longmont)

Phone:
303-325-9690

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Waffle Brothers

Phone:
720-708-5150

This sweet Uptown breakfast hub offers waffles with a variety of toppings as well as a beer garden.

Sushi-Rama

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer belt-style dining experience. Try the CLT roll (soft shell crab tempura, lettuce, tomato) with garlic mayo on top. Also try the DTC location.

Spruce Farm & Fish

Phone:
303-442-4344

Enjoy a farm-and-fish menu of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Choose libations from an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and local beers. Don't miss the cornmeal fried oysters and Colorado striped bass.

Corner Ramen

Phone:
303-292-0250

This RiNo noodle joint serves up rich, authentic bowls of ramen. For dessert, try the matcha mille crêpe cake.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Phone:
303-355-8197

Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss Mattie's Grilled Cheese—a grilled sandwich piled with bacon, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

Chances Grill

Phone:
720-771-6055

Toss back sweet-potato tater tots as you kick back with friends at this upscale sports bar featuring classic American food with an international flair. Try the bacon-wrapped jalapenos with Jamaican relish cream cheese or the Italiano panini with mozzarella and red pepper.

Edgewater Inn

Phone:
303-237-3524

This inn has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Try the Howdy Pizza, a combo of sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño peppers.

J. Alexander’s

Phone:
303-708-8432

Specialties include award-winning prime rib, hardwood-grilled aged steaks, and fresh seafood served by friendly professionals.

Palettes

Phone:
303-534-1455

After visiting the Denver Art Museum's galleries, make time to dine in the attached restaurant. Start the meal with something refreshing like the beef tenderloin carpaccio.

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-534-1333

Fresh-baked "East Coast" rolls, oven-roasted turkey, and fresh meats make for some stellar subs. Also check out the homestyle pizzas and the all-you-can-eat "Wing Wednesdays." Multiple locations.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

Phone:
303-216-8040

Settle into this vibrant dining room for a smorgasbord of southwestern delights. Start the day with huevos rancheros, take a break with fire-roasted chiles rellenos, or mix it up with a bowl of green chili mac and cheese. If you still have room, top it all off with an apple pecan empanada.

Pizzeria Locale (Denver)

Phone:
720-508-8828

This fast-casual pizza spot offers family-friendly, counter service with premium ingredients—brought to you by the team at Boulder's Frasca Food and Wine.

Menya Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-607-8888

Find fresh, authentic Japanese eats from the sushi bar as well as bento boxes and ramen. For dessert, snag some of the matcha green tea fried ice cream.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Phone:
303-825-0713

Choose from a selection of USDA Prime steaks and à la carte sides at this downtown steak house. For a more casual affair, stop by during happy hour for $7 cocktails and snacks.

Modern Market (Boulder)

Phone:
303-440-0476

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Duo Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4141

With Duo, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have captured the true essence of the neighborhood restaurant: simple food, a low-key but polished ambience, and the hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts, and dessert is worth a visit in itself.

25 Best Restaurants

Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

Royal

Phone:
303-862-9394

This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes.

Cafe Mon Ami

Phone:
720-344-2323

A dish to satisfy every palate. Serving up American classics with a French twist.

Aji Restaurant

Phone:
303-442-3464

Colorful flavors in a vibrant environment—Latin American art complements the cuisine, while the wine list hails from such exotic climes as Argentina, Chile, and Spain. Try the agave chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin with cilantro-garlic farro, chayo

The Whiskey Biscuit

Phone:
303-386-3334

Find breakfast-inspired dishes and booze all day at this comfort-food joint. Try the fried chicken biscuit.

Next Door (Boulder)

Phone:
720-542-8159

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery

Phone:
720-512-3894

You'll find both classic and experimental beer styles here—all of which are designed for pairing with the diverse menu of shared plates and entrées. Try the house burger with a Thistle IPA.

Atomic Cowboy (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Jax Fish House (Glendale)

Phone:
303-756-6449

Enjoy freshly prepared seafood and a raw bar of oysters, shrimp, lobster, and crab. Don't miss the Maine lobster roll.

BurgerFi

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
720-390-5046

This fast-casual, farm-to-tray restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custards made with fresh, natural ingredients. Order the signature BurgerFi Cheeseburger with a side of fresh-cut fries and a strawberry shake for a classic American combo.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

Phone:
303-284-2741

Serving pastas, paninis, seafood, and pizzas with inspiration straight from Naples. Try the chef's favorite: the white pizza made with arugula, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.

Cherry Cricket (Ballpark)

Phone:
303-297-3644

The Cherry Cricket has been a casual mainstay in Cherry Creek since 1945. Its second location is much larger, but the menu of classic burgers and green chile is identical.

Blooming Beets Kitchen

Phone:
303-443-3479

This Boulder restaurant is dedicated to serving Paleo-diet friendly bites. Try the aerie nest: sweet potato bacon cakes, made with mashed sweet potatoes, bacon, and poached eggs topped in Hollandaise.

Lo Stella

Phone:
303-825-1995

Lo Stella is the sister restaurant to the acclaimed original of the same name in Portofino, Italy. Don't miss the authentic, ingredient-driven Italian dishes like house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or the scratch-made desserts.

Steuben’s

Phone:
303-830-1001

With food like homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken, plus retro booths, this restaurant makes the 1950s feel right around the corner. Also try the Arvada location.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

Phone:
720-214-3400

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

The Walnut Room

Phone:
303-295-1868

At this laid-back live music venue, the most popular drink is PBR. Try the Mile High Pizza made kitchen sink-style with more than 10 toppings.

La Fogata

Phone:
303-753-9458

At this restaurant, Grandma's house-made recipes make great comfort food.

Finley’s Pub

  • Denver
  • Washington Park
Phone:
303-282-4790

This neighborhood Irish pub specializes in craft beer and whiskey. Try the salmon fish and chips.

The Pig & the Sprout

Phone:
720-535-9719

Tucked behind Union Station, this dichotomous eatery offers something for everyone. Order the sliced brisket with grilled scallions from the Pig side of the menu, or opt for lighter fare, such as a fresh crudité platter, from the Sprout side.

Social Fare

Phone:
303-253-3000

Social Fare serves American comfort food seven days a week from inside Cherry Creek's J. W. Marriott. Check out the brunch booze bar, where you can create your own a.m. cocktail from a spread of different mixers and garnishers.

Carve Barbecue

Phone:
303-756-3356

This fast-casual joint serves up hearty, homestyle barbecue customized to your tastes. Grab a pound of smoked turkey and a quart of red beans and rice to go, or settle in for a pulled pork sandwich and a craft beer.

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria

Phone:
303-455-9666

This isn't your typical beer-and-pizza joint. The Crafty Fox menu features more than 60 rotating beers, categorized by geography and charted out on two wall-sized maps. Dine on the second-floor deck for views of the city and mountains.

Bridgewater Grill

Phone:
303-279-2010

Located in Historic Downtown Golden, this chic spot serves seasonal salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Try its award-winning pork green chile.

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-328-8574

You'll find live country music, a mechanical bull, and specialty cocktails at this spot. There's also a full menu loaded with burgers and fried goodness. Be sure to try the made-to-order skillet cornbread.

Washington Park Grille

Phone:
303-777-0707

This neighborhood spot serves contemporary American food. Try the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, rice, and stir-fry vegetables. Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Thyme on the Creek

Phone:
303-443-3850

Located in the Millenium Hotel, this hidden gem offers something for everyone in a casual dining environment, from burgers and pasta to steak and salmon.

Casa Alegre

Phone:
303-665-2833

This family-owned gem in the heart of historic downtown Louisville serves up authentic Mexican with friendly service. Try the arroz con pollo and chile verde.

Cheesecake Factory (Boulder)

Phone:
303-546-0222

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Yampa Sandwich Co.

Phone:
303-534-7900

This LoDo deli serves up sandwiches, soups, and salads for the lunch crowd. Try the fan-favorite Turkey Trailhead with Swiss cheese, avocado, red onion, lettuce, and tomato for your lunch break or next hike.

TeaLee’s Teahouse and Bookstore

Phone:
303-593-2013

TeaLee’s is a quintessential example of the perennial cafe-bookstore hybrid. The bookstore, which features African American literature, flows into the teahouse, which serves loose-leaf and specialty teas, all day fare like soups, salads, and sandwiches, and also has a high tea service in the afternoon.

Four Friends Kitchen

Phone:
303-388-8299

This a.m.spot offers  eats with Southern flair. Start your morning off right with the warm beignets.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

Phone:
303-404-9888

Grab a seat at the bar for sushi, sashimi, and all kinds of sake. Take your pick of delicious spreads at this chic establishment, which also serves pork, duck, lamb, chicken, and traditional Japanese dishes.

Root Down DIA

Phone:
303-342-6959

Globally inspired cuisine for an international airport. Dine there morning, noon, or night; but if it's breakfast you're after—choose the fried egg BLT, made with local Tender Belly bacon and served with home fries, and pair it with the blood orange mimosa.

Jelly (University Hills)

Phone:
720-596-4108

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with house-roasted turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato—or sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the Capitol Hill location.

Pho Kitchen Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-872-3903

This modern Vietnamese restaurant specializes in generous bowls of pho and Chinese-inspired cuisine. There’s even an entire menu section dedicated to vegetarian entrées as well as dishes like vegetable pho, lo mein, and sesame chicken.

Beau Jo’s Pizza

Phone:
303-758-1519

This Colorado tradition spawned from the original Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs. Pies feature mountains of ingredients and a hand-rolled edge. Multiple locations.

Exchange Tavern

Phone:
303-469-0404

Customers at this Irish-American pub visit and exchange ideas over plates of corned beef and cabbage, nachos, and Buffalo wings.

Hearth & Dram

Phone:
303-623-0979

This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskies. The menu offers a wood-fired take on New American cuisine.

Las Brisas

Phone:
303-792-3212

The menu, which combines Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean food (paella, cilantro chicken, and fresh fish dishes), is second only to the restaurant's infamous LB margarita.

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El Five

Phone:
303-524-9193

Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views, creative tapas, and Spanish-style gin-tonics. Order the cauliflower yufka.

Hard Rock Cafe

Phone:
303-623-3191

Rock 'n' roll memorabilia graces the walls, and burgers and other American faves fill the tables. Find Coloradan fare such as striped bass and bison burgers in its new test kitchen.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

Phone:
303-963-5305

Enter a classic Italian eatery and try the roast beef carpaccio with arugula and marinated Roman-style artichokes. Pizza lovers will dig the hand-tossed pies with scratch-made sauces.

Stanley Marketplace

Phone:
720-990-6743

Formerly the Stanley Aviation building, this site is now home to a sprawling, food-centric marketplace. Stop by and check out the offerings from Yellowbelly Chicken, Stanley Beer Hall, Annette, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Comida Cantina, Logan House Coffee, Miette et Chocolat, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, and many more.

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Corrida

Phone:
303-444-1333

Housed on the rooftop level of Boulder's PearlWest building, this elegant Spanish steak house offers stunning Flatiron views and fabulous cocktails and wines. Splurge on the Japanese wagyu or opt for a locally sourced steak.

Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub

Phone:
303-282-4782

Sample a menu of updated pub fare. Try the Cigar, a sandwich made with pulled pork, smoked turkey, ham, salami, pepperoni, and Swiss cheese.

Vero (Boulder)

Phone:
303-396-6366

Vero got its start inside RiNo’s Denver Central Market, and now its sharing its authentic Italian fare with Boulder diners. Choose from 12 wood-fired pizzas or get the mussels with white wine and garlic.

DiCicco’s Buon Appetito

Phone:
303-574-1956

This three-tiered restaurant was designed after the famed Roman Colosseum and serves made-to-order selections. Try the Marsala wine sauce, breads, and tiramisu.

Brio Tuscan Grille

Phone:
303-662-9727

This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steakhouse fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into pasta alla vodka, filet mignon, or shrimp Mediterranean. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Olive & Finch (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8663

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Yard House

Phone:
303-572-9273

A fun and casual American eatery which features a center island bar and classic rock tunes. Try the porcini crusted halibut or the ahi crunchy salad. Also try the Lakewood location.

Bastien’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-322-0363

Enjoy hearty, homestyle cooking at this local favorite, which has been family-owned for 80 years. Come for the signature sugar-rubbed steaks.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-694-9357

Festive, comfortable atmosphere offering traditional faves like chicken parm and baked ziti, with the occasional Tuscan pot roast.

Root Down

Phone:
303-993-4200

Located in a refabbed 1950s service station, this hip restaurant serves globally inspired cuisine, with a focus on veggies and sustainable meats. Also try the DIA location.

Black Bear Inn

Phone:
303-823-6812

This four-star favorite prepares classic European cuisine integrated into American cuisine.

Briarwood Inn

Phone:
303-279-3121

Enjoy an elegant dining experience featuring award-winning food, service, and atmosphere. There's also an extensive wine list available.

McCabe’s Irish Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-627-6234

Settle in to the mahogany bar with a cold pint and order a plate of shepherd's pie. Just like old country Ireland. Multiple locations.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Phone:
303-346-8096

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, steaks, burgers, and salads, but it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, garlic, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Ultreia

Phone:
303-534-1970

James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski brings Iberian fare to Union Station. Try the lamb sandwich or the cured trout.

Linger

Phone:
303-993-3120

Set in the former three-story Olinger Mortuary's parking garage, this restaurant takes you around the world with a menu of small plates. Enjoy fabulous views of downtown while choosing from inviting menus of food and cocktails.

Yard House

Phone:
303-278-9273

Pull up a seat at this fusion restaurant's oval bar and order one of the 130 beers on tap, plus the stacked California roll, pizza, or wings.

Ogden Street South

Phone:
303-722-0592

Smoked pork sandwiches and souvalki are specialties. Everything is made in house, so you can always expect a fresh and delicious meal.

Bistro Colorado

Phone:
303-670-3229

Chef Travis Smith serves upscale French-influenced cuisine made with the finest meats and freshest produce. Go for the butternut squash ravioli.

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-400-6117

Satisfy your hankering for Asian food with dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Try the Mongolian beef with stir-fry veggies and special sauce.

Fresh Fish Co.

Phone:
303-740-9556

Impressive seafood selection with more than 30 varieties of fresh fish flown in daily.

Neighbors

Phone:
303-333-1149

Enjoy the feel of a cocktail party without the stress of being a host. With this small eatery's widespread array of tapas and appetizers, the atmosphere of this cozy restaurant ensures good conversation over a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Thai Monkey Club (Baker)

Phone:
303-248-3334

Experience authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the green curry with eggplant, basil, and red and green peppers.

Coohills

Phone:
303-623-5700

Enjoy the French-inspired cuisine made with local, sustainable products as you sip cocktails in a dining room that opens right onto Cherry Creek.

Blue Sky Grill

Phone:
303-405-6090

Located on the ground floor at the southern entrance to the Pepsi Center, this restaurant has a true mountain lodge atmosphere.

BorraCho Tacos

Phone:
720-389-9055

These aren't your typical tacos. Lon Symensma's modern taqueria offers everything from a Korean barbecue-inspired chicken taco to a shrimp satay taco with Sriracha mayo.

Colt & Gray

Phone:
303-477-1447

This intimate neighborhood pub presents a superior roster of seasonal farm-to-plate options. Start with the roasted marrow bones.

Park Burger (Platt Park)

Phone:
720-242-9951

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Croque, topped with Swiss, a fried egg, and a slice of ham. Add a milkshake or root beer float. Multiple locations.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-935-8888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates

Phone:
303-355-2202

Enjoy a taste of Europe in Congress Park at this international restaurant. Choose a small plate like wild mushroom tarts to accompany your choice of wine.

Mead St. Station

Phone:
303-433-2138

Guinness-battered fish and chips is the signature item. Also serving salads, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more.

Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar (Golden)

Phone:
303-277-9991

This bistro and wine bar features international, tapas-style dishes, nightly fish specials and a gluten-free menu. Enjoy the ahi tuna guacamole and a wine list with more than 100 selections from around the world.

Smashburger

Phone:
720-292-5121

These customizable burgers come with the convenience of a fast-food joint but the full flavor of a gourmet restaurant. Order a Colorado burger or build your own with add-ons like haystack onions, fried pickles, and guacamole. Don't miss the root beer floats. Multiple locations.

Thai Bistro

Phone:
720-981-7600

Made to order dishes specializing in Southern Thai cuisine.

The Post Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-593-2066

This Lafayette brewery pairs unique brews with (gluten-free) fried chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder, freshly baked cheddar-rosemary biscuits, and other comfort food. Seasonal produce is supplied by the nearby Isabelle and Oxford Farms.

Berkshire

Phone:
303-321-4010

This cozy spot specializes in "swine, wine, and a good time." Favorites include the bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the heritage breed bacon flight.

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Hop Alley

Phone:
720-379-8340

From Tommy Lee of Uncle, this neighborhood hangout serves dishes rooted in Chinese tradition with a touch of Lee’s distinctive flair. Try the steamed eggplant, the chilled tofu, or the garlic shrimp noodles.

Cedar Creek Pub

Phone:
303-537-4210

A strong sense of state pride is served at this restaurant which serves products from 40 different Colorado-based food companies. Try the specialty items such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or the tuna and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Cantina Laredo (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado. Be sure to try their Sunday brunch.

Yazoo Barbeque Company

Phone:
303-296-3334

This unpretentious BBQ joint offers a Deep South menu, featuring slow-smoked pork ribs and brisket. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Brown Palace Atrium

Phone:
303-297-3111

The atrium offers tea service daily from noon until four, with pastries, finger sandwiches, and chocolates. After four, enjoy cocktails and appetizers beneath the stained glass skylight.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

Phone:
303-797-4829

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Multiple locations.

3 Guys Pies

Phone:
303-623-4897

Located inside the Streets of London pub, this spot tosses New York-style pies starting at $2.75 a slice. Try a Neapolitan pie with tomato sauce, crispy crust, and your choice of toppings.

Mimi’s Café

Phone:
303-799-1211

Serving a variety of homemade American classics. Other locations in Aurora, Broomfield, Golden. Loveland, Westminster, and Colorado Springs.

Chile Verde

Phone:
720-287-2296

This restaurant is modest in appearance, but its plates of traditional Mexican cuisine burst with color. Try the tres leches cake.

Providence Tavern

Phone:
303-462-5280

Located in a restored 1930s corner spot, this neighborhood hub puts a tasty twist on typical pub food. Try the seared ahi tuna plate. Grab a spot on the semi-enclosed patio.

Villagran Restaurante

Phone:
303-379-9927

This south Mexican spot is run by the same owner of the popular Villa Real food truck. Order the campechana, a refreshing cold seafood dish made with octopus and shrimp.

Highland Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-287-4493

Pick your patty, bun, and premium toppings for a customizable meal enhanced with a choice of 18 to 20 Colorado craft beers. Also try the Sloan Lake location.

Sam’s No. 3 (Downtown)

Phone:
303-534-1927

Try this friendly diner's best-selling supreme breakfast burrito with ham, bacon, sausage, gyro, eggs, potatoes, and green chili.

Bacon Social House (Sunnyside)

Phone:
720-550-7065

Chef Brian Crow brings the restaurant's beloved namesake ingredient, bacon, to the forefront of many of his dishes. You'll find bold flavors and plates crafted with fresh and local ingredients on the innovative menu.

Seoul BBQ

Phone:
303-632-7576

Cook your own meat on tabletop grills at this authentic Korean restaurant. Short ribs are the house fave.

Bon Ami

Phone:
303-862-4959

This bistro will transport your palate to France. Make sure to try the sumptuous beef bourguignon and one of the many crêpe options.

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.1

If you can't decide from the amazing sushi menu, try one of the combos that feature eight kinds of sushi. Don't forget to try the famed Thai Pearl iced tea.

Rice Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-221-1430

Try the Big E ranch roll with seared N.Y. strip steak over shrimp tempura and avocado at this innovative and modern Asian fusion restaurant. Now with a large gluten-free menu and a focus on non-traditional Asian dishes like crunchy cashew shrimp and scallops.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Phone:
720-748-0239

The authentic community dining traditions of Ethiopia can be found inside this discrete locale. Eat from the same platter as your company and use injera, the spongy Ethiopian bread, as a substitute for utensils. Try the lamb tibs: pieces of tender lamb in a red chile sauce joined by cooked spinach and creamy sweet corn.…

Hideaway Kitchen + Bar

Phone:
303-526-0556

A chic yet comfortable mountain spot offering modern Southern comfort food with Asian flair. Favorites include crab macaroni and cheese, braised octopus with house-made Andouille sausage, and braised beef short ribs with hush puppies.

There Denver

Phone:
720-500-3254

Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

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Dio Mio

Phone:
303-562-1965

One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's fast-casual Italian eatery: perfect pasta. Try the cacio e pepe.

Land of Sushi

Phone:
303-779-0608

Happy Hour is all the time at Land of Sushi. Get $1 sushi anytime, anyday of the week. A full choice of fresh ingredients including octopus, salmon, tuna, and eel.

D Bar

Phone:
303-861-4710

Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey produce exquisite desserts and modern comfort food. Bonus: Check out the grab-and-go coffee and pastries.

River and Woods

Phone:
303-993-6301

Settle into the cozy dining room for a relaxed dinner including dishes such as chicken-fried calamari steak. Chef Daniel Asher's eclectic menu features community-sourced cuisine—submit your recipe online in hopes it will land on the menu.

Fruition Restaurant

Phone:
303-831-1962

James Beard Award-winning executive chef Alex Seidel's tiny kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes that are big on flavor. Many ingredients come straight from Seidel’s farm. Diners flock for the pasta carbonara.

Bohemian Biergarten

Phone:
720-328-8328

This European gastropub specializes in beer, sausages, and pretzels.

Cebiche

Phone:
303-455-1880

Peruvian food with influences from Italy, France, and Asia serving six different types of ceviche. Also try the aji de gallina—a shredded chicken dish with Parmesan and walnut sauce.

Dos Santos

Phone:
303-386-3509

The menu at this modern taqueria features light, seafood-centric dishes, like a beer-battered fish taco.

Famous Dave’s

Phone:
303-280-6227

Southern-style barbecue dishes, including Texas beef brisket, Georgia chopped pork, and, of course, ribs. Multiple locations.

Four By Brother Luck

Phone:
719-434-2741

You might recognize chef Brother Luck from season 15 of Top Chef. At his flagship Colorado Springs restaurant, he serves seasonal, Four Corners-influenced dishes such as red wine-braised beef cheek, blue cornbread, and rabbit pot pie.

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Cattivella

Phone:
303-645-3779

Chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and fresh pastas.

North Side Tavern

Phone:
303-466-8643

This bar and restaurant features local craft beer and spirits to wash down its sizable burgers and other pub fare. Try the BBQ pulled pork sandwich or the fish and chips.

Zeppelin Station

Phone:
720-460-1978

This industrial-chic food hall, located near the 38th and Blake light rail station, is home to eight globally inspired food and drink vendors and two bars. Options include Au Feu, Vinh Xuong Bakery, Aloha Poke Co.,OK Poke, Namkeen, La Doña, Injoi Korean Kitchen, Budlong Hot Chicken, Gelato Boy, Dandy Lion Coffee, Big Trouble, and Kiss & Ride.

95a Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-665-3080

You get more than just sushi at this innovative fusion restaurant. Choose between the American bistro kitchen and the sushi kitchen. Enjoy tapas, chicken, pasta, seafood and sushi while sipping a martini.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers fully customizable drinks for any time of day and an eclectic menu of eats. Try the Wu Tang Tots. Also try the Five Points location.

Jackson’s (LoDo)

Phone:
303-298-7625

With its huge rooftop patio, TV screens in the bar, and close proximity to Coors Field, Jackson's is the place to be on Rockies' game days. There's also an extensive beer list and all-American bar food. Try the Five O, Jackson's signature burger, which is topped with pork belly, arugula, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Phone:
303-377-3032

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Tengu

Phone:
303-749-0109

Quick, casual, and concise make this modern Asian eatery a great lunch spot in the RiNo neighborhood. Order from the short but sweet menu of ramen bowls and noodle dishes.

Banzai Sushi

Phone:
303-329-3366

Choose from menus featuring traditional Japanese dishes and over 100 sushi options. Order the sushi and sashimi combo for a sampling of tuna, octopus, and more.

Fogo de Chao

Phone:
303-623-9600

A Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs bring the meat to your table, cutting and serving it right in front of you. Enjoy endless sides of polenta and mashed potatoes.

Hacienda Colorado

Phone:
303-932-0272

A mountain-Mex spot featuring traditional Mexican dishes with a Rocky Mountain twist. Try the Baja shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapenos.

The Bindery

Phone:
303-993-2364

Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Settle in for a dinner of milk-and-honey-brined lamb with quinoa tabbouleh.

Denver Biscuit Company (City Park)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This biscuit hotspot is home to delicious, stacked sandwiches. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Table 6

Phone:
303-831-8800

This space’s warm and cozy atmosphere extends to chef Mike Winston’s American bistro cuisine, which is elevated by haute foodie touches.

Sol Mexican Cocina

Phone:
303-953-2208

This Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant specializes in fresh, coastal fare. Try the beer-battered shrimp tacos and one of the specialty margaritas.

Tocabe

Phone:
720-524-8282

American Indian food goes Chipotle-style at this quick service restaurant. Try the fry bread taco loaded with beef, buffalo, or chicken, and beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsas. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Park & Co.

Phone:
720-328-6732

This casual tavern serves sandwiches and salads but specializes in gourmet burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch beef. Try the El Chilango burger.

Avelina

Phone:
720-904-6711

This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from charred Octopus to tuna tartar to short ribs with a yuzu glaze.

Bang Up to the Elephant!

Phone:
303-792-4949

Head to this colorful restaurant for “calypso” cuisine—a.k.a. a modern take on Caribbean flavors. Tuck into dishes such as the pimento wood-smoked jerk chicken and jackfruit roti with a choice of toppings.

Angelo’s Taverna

Phone:
303-744-3366

This neighborhood nook dishes up tasty grilled oysters as well as pastas and pizzas. Try the lobster gnocchi. Also try the Littleton location.

Chook

Phone:
303-282-8399

Chook specializes in Australian-style, charcoal-grilled rotisserie chicken and fresh veggie sides. Try the charred broccoli salad.

The Cooper Lounge

Phone:
720-460-3738

This Union Station speakeasy overlooks the Great Hall. Pair luxurious bites, including wagyu steak tartare, with your cocktail.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Phone:
303-451-1116

The legendary steak house that got its start in Georgia has come to Colorado. Expect the same steak house salads, half-pound burgers, and of course, steak house classics.

Cafe Aion

Phone:
303-993-8131

This tucked away bistro is styled after a European tapas bar. Enjoy a menu of small plates filled with local, seasonal ingredients. Try the season's latest house-cured salame.

Maddie’s Restaurant

Phone:
720-389-8068

This breakfast spot offers a diverse menu that encompasses huevos rancheros, gluten-free pancakes, challah French toast, and latkes.

Palenque Mezcaleria

Phone:
303-778-1294

Sip on more than 100 varieties mezcal and snack on shrimp and mango ceviche at this sultry bar.

Mi Cocina

Phone:
303-795-3552

This fast-casual restaurant serves traditional Mexican food. Early birds should take one of their breakfast burritos to go—a steal at $2.50.

Ellyngton’s

Phone:
303-297-3111

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.

Ristorante L

Phone:
303-442-1300

The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

Post Brewing Co. (Boulder)

Phone:
720-372-3341

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Phone:
720-630-7641

This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

Ambli

Phone:
303-355-9463

Experience cooking inspired by the cuisines of Asia, Latin America, Europe, and more at this global eatery. Start things off with duck gyoza before tucking into an entrée of masala-spiced short ribs.

Maggiano’s Little Italy (Downtown)

Phone:
303-260-7707

Reminiscent of a New York-style supper club serving southern Italian cuisine in grand proportions. Have a large group? Book one of the banquet areas for your gathering. Multiple locations.

Mateo

Phone:
303-443-7766

This casually elegant and bustling neighborhood Provençal restaurant offers a seasonal menu that uses local ingredients.

Kobe An

Phone:
303-989-5907

Everything is traditional at this Japanese restaurant, including the seating. The menu features Japanese favorites, such as tempura, gyoza, and yakisoba.

Next Door (Union Station)

Phone:
720-460-3730

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious, affordable cuisine. Select from salads, sandwiches, and locally sourced burgers. Multiple locations.

Barolo Grill

Phone:
303-393-1040

Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication to authenticity translates to the food and wine menus, too. Try the agnolotti del plin.

Pizza Republica

Phone:
303-623-2811

This Italian fare is made from scratch. Try a Neapolitan pizza or the stuffed shells. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Sushi-Rama Belleview Station

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer-belt-style dining experience. Try the CLT roll (soft shell crab tempura, lettuce, tomato) with garlic mayo on top.

Safta

Phone:
720-408-2444

Acclaimed chef Alon Shaya brings modern Israeli fare to Denver. Start with the creamy hummus and pillowy pita before moving onto tabbouleh salad, charred cabbage, and halloumi.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Phone:
720-746-9355

This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think duck-cilantro and Alaskan reindeer). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

Pizzeria Locale (Highland)

Phone:
303-302-2451

Drop into this fast-casual pizzeria concept for contemporary neapolitan-style pizza. Build your own pizza or choose from one of Pizzeria Locale's classics, such as the crudo topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato sauce, and arugula.

Baker St. Pub & Grill

Phone:
303-953-5510

This London-style pub features family dining by day and pub atmosphere by night. Navigate an extensive menu including various lunch combos and the ever-popular fish and chips, made with beer-battered Atlantic cod.

M Uptown

Phone:
303-832-1333

Burgers, wraps, and beers with a whole lot of sass and drag queens.

La Cour

Phone:
303-777-5000

This funky bar and Parisian-style bistro displays a wide range of local art and offers a fantastic patio and live music. Pair the fanciful cocktails with the escargot.

El Tepehuan

Phone:
303-781-0243

The team behind this relocated Englewood restaurant has been serving its brand of authentic and affordable Mexican food for more than 40 years. Stop by for the huevos rancheros or carne asada.

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

Phone:
303-948-1199

From Vietnamese egg rolls to kalbi (Korean short ribs) and spicy tuna rolls, Iwayama offers an array of Asian fare, as well as a few Hawaiian entrées. Fresh fish is flown in from Hawaii and Tokyo, so order any of the weekly specials. Try the spicy grilled chicken with hoisin-barbeque sauce.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

Phone:
720-638-5193

The menu offers diverse selections like Southern-style fried chicken with honey-chile glaze and sausage made with ale. Eats are paired with brewer Ian Clark's unfiltered, hoppy creations.

India’s Castle

Phone:
303-782-9700

Do you prefer mild, medium, or spicy? At this authentic eatery, enjoy the tantalizing flavors of unique herbs and exotic Indian cuisine. Try the chicken ticca kabob.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-407-9040

This calming coffee and tea shop boasts a variety of teas and offers a full alcohol bar. In addition to the libations, there cafe serves tea-centric dishes, such as the Chinese chicken barbecue sandwich, infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. Also try the Lakewood location.

Riffs Urban Fare

Phone:
303-440-6699

This super-social dining experience emphasizes local vendors. Try the Brussels sprouts with brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto.

Rockabillies

Phone:
303-421-1799

This American burger bistro is known for, well, its handmade burgers, but don't miss the hot rod sandwich: chicken breast, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.

Bombay Clay Oven

Phone:
303-377-4454

Enjoy savory Indian cuisine and a great lunch buffet at this authentic eatery. Try eating at the divan—sit cross-legged on the platform seating with cushions and candles as you enjoy lamb vindaloo and vegetarian samosas.

Cafe Terra Cotta

Phone:
303-794-6054

Located in downtown Littleton's Louthan House, this comfortable cafe offers upscale cuisine.

Pizzeria Lui

Phone:
303-922-3202

Delicious, seasonal pies are baked to order in a Gianni Acunto Napoli oven imported from Naples, Italy. Try the peach pizza, which is topped with Palisade peaches, prosciutto, and ricotta cheese.

Poppies

Phone:
303-756-1268

Ribs, fresh seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes.

Acova

Phone:
303-736-2718

Acova brings a friendly neighborhood vibe and American menu to the former location of Denver icon Patsy’s. Try the Honey Stung fried chicken, which comes with a honey-cayenne drizzle and sausage gravy, and don’t miss the $3 Bloody Mary bar on the weekends.

Rialto Cafe

Phone:
303-893-2233

Located on the 16th Street Mall, this stylish and upbeat destination features carefully crafted American dishes, specialty cocktails, and local brews on draft.

Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

Phone:
303-284-6087

Head here for Italian food with some Colorado charm. Pick from salad, pasta, and—of course—pizza options. Try the burgers, which feature Harris Ranch beef on Grateful Bread buns. Also try the Washington Park location.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

Go for high-quality, fast-casual dining. Be sure to try the rotisserie chicken.

Enzo’s End Pizzeria

Phone:
303-355-4700

Great crust, great sauce, great pizza. Try the spinaci pie, made with spinach, olives, Romano cheese, and white sauce.

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Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

First-class Boulder eatery Oak at Fourteenth dials it down a bit with this Denver iteration, located in the urban environment of the Source. Contemporary American cuisine is served from an oak-fired oven and grill, and you'll notice some familiar dishes, like the kale salad. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

Zoe Ma Ma

Phone:
303-545-6262

This cozy, counter-service spot offers Chinese home-style cooking. Order the Szechuan braised beef noodle soup, which features the homemade noodles. Also try the Boulder location.

El Noa Noa

Phone:
303-623-9968

Authentic Mexican food with top-notch margaritas.

Mizuna

Phone:
303-832-4778

Chef-owner Frank Bonanno's seasonal cuisine capitalizes on fresh ingredients, and service is prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Don't miss the decadent beef Wellington.

Leven Deli Co.

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-325-5691

Classic deli meets California cool at this bright spot. Get a taste of the house-made pastrami on the Reuben sandwich or go for the crisp Lil' Gems salad.

El Camino Tavern

Phone:
720-889-7946

This lively Mexican joint boasts all-natural meats and house-made green chile, guacamole, salsa, and desserts. In the summer, fresh herbs and spices from the organic rooftop garden flavor the shrimp tacos and other dishes.

Firenze a Tavola

Phone:
303-561-0234

Parisi's answer to upscale Italian, this restaurant is located downstairs of the popular Berkeley spot and offers a savory Tuscan experience.

Bramble & Hare

Phone:
303-444-9110

This kitchen and pub offers dishes and cocktails inspired by fresh ingredients from owner Eric Skokan’s farm. Try the creative charcuterie or the confit wings.

Modern Market (16th St. Mall)

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

Phone:
303-364-2606

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre, a Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

Beast & Bottle

Phone:
303-623-3223

The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring everything from local lamb to giant octopus.

Tokyo San Bowl

Phone:
303-333-0304

Dine-in or get delivery at this fast-casual Japanese restaurant. The menu includes familiar dishes like teriyaki, udon, and rice bowls, as well as sushi.

Next Door (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-0878

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

The Cruise Room

Phone:
303-628-5400

This sleek art deco bar in the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest watering hole. Sip on the Cruise Room special cocktail, made with cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Champagne, and nibble on the braised beef bourguignon bites.

Torchy’s Tacos

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:

Born in the heart of Austin, Texas, this eatery slings tacos featuring eclectic ingredients like jerk chicken, ahi tuna, and fried avocado. Try the breakfast tacos, and don't miss the chips and queso.

Modern Market (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-278-8284

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Paramount Cafe

Phone:
303-893-2000

Everything from burritos and salads to half-pound burgers.

Fainting Goat

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-945-2323

Guinness, Smithwick's, and corned beef sliders abound at this Irish bar. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar. Sundays are trivia night.

Organic Pizza Company (Downtown)

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-534-2223

Specializing in pizza and calzones made from gourmet, local, and all-natural ingredients. Try the Sicilian calzone made with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, red onions, and black olives.

Gaetano’s

Phone:
303-455-9852

This comfy neighborhood hangout features old-school favorites, such as chicken Parmesan.

Tamales By La Casita

Phone:
303-477-2899

This tiny restaurant delivers great tamales and other New Mexican-style cuisine.

Izakaya Den

Phone:
303-777-0691

It's been dubbed Sushi Den II, but Izakaya Den is more than a replica of its popular cousin. You can still order ultrafresh sushi and sashimi, but the most exciting dishes come in the form of small plates.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-663-5775

This charming cafe features an extensive tea menu with dessert, fruit, and cheese pairings. Stop in for a quick cup or a grilled pear salad for lunch. Also try the Stapleton location.

Café Mercato

Phone:
303-366-1315

The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on Sicilian cuisine with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch.

Otra Vez

Phone:
303-226-1567

This stylish and spacious Mexican lounge boasts more than 200 tequilas and a menu of modern Mexican dishes. Pair your mahi mahi tacos with a signature picante pepino margarita. Don't miss the rich avocado-lime cheesecake for dessert.

Crave Real Burgers

Phone:
303-534-5878

This welcoming spot in the heart of downtown offers a wide selection of creative and award-winning burgers. Indulge in the Sin City, which features a locally sourced patty topped with tempura-fried cheddar, candied bacon, avocado, and bourbon-glazed onions.

Taco Junky

Phone:
303-443-2300

This eclectic cantina offers an array of infused tequilas and playful tacos like the Cayman, stuffed with curried chicken, coconut guacamole, and mezcal pineapple. Don't miss the standout Poc-Toc-Benny at brunch, which features potato-plaintain fritters as a delicious stand in for English muffins.

Pi Kitchen + Bar at Hilton Garden Inn

Phone:
303-844-5555

This urban-contemporary eatery offers a wide variety of dishes, from beef barbacoa nachos to ahi poke lettuce wraps. Try the asian cioppino.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Phone:
303-363-9075

Customize your pizza pie from the crust—note the gluten-free option—to the toppings, which include jerk chicken, grilled angus steak, and chicken apple sausage.

Sonoma’z Wine Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-6000

New American dishes, an impressive wine bar with 28 wines by the glass, and house-made desserts in a comfortable, naturally decorated space.

Zaidy’s Deli

Phone:
303-333-5336

A kosher-style deli and a Denver mainstay, serving a wide range of traditional favorites, including breakfast, sandwiches, and homemade pastries.

Acero

Phone:
720-320-9481

Customize your own fajita experience at this eatery, where there are more than 30 vegetable and 15 protein options available.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
720-612-7698

This classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order some sumptuous tacos al pastor.

Stones on 32nd

Phone:
720-328-4270

This casual restaurant offers a lively, friendly atmosphere for comforting fare. Try the poblano chicken pot pie with caramelized onions and au jus in a puff pastry crust.

Jack’s Uptown Grille

Phone:
303-399-0988

You'll find American fare and a laid-back atmosphere at this spot. Try the signature prime rib sandwich.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

Phone:
720-328-9114

This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

Phone:
720-282-1555

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in Littleton.

Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery

Phone:
303-803-1380

Enjoy a casual atmosphere and beer straight from the brewery as you dig into home-style eats, including an array of farm-fresh sandwiches, salads, and burgers.

Concourse Restaurant Moderne

Phone:
720-550-6934

ChoLon chef Lon Symensma and chef Luke Bergman offer a European-style menu at their chic Stapleton eatery. Don't miss the risotto balls.

Angry Chicken

Phone:
303-353-2680

Load up on super-crisp Korean-style fried bird at this Aurora bar. The sweet & spicy version comes coated in a delicious sauce.

Wokano Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-831-8277

This exciting and varied menu offers taste sensations from across Asia, served in a warm, relaxing, Zen atmosphere.

Rocky Top Tavern

Phone:
303-477-0265

Enjoy daily drink specials, local brews, and creative pub food—like the peanut butter and bacon burger—at this casual bar and restaurant.

Elway’s (Downtown)

Phone:
303-312-3107

This sleek restaurant—named after the Broncos great—serves classic steak house fare in upscale environs. Choose from a menu of steaks, seafood, and more. Multiple locations.

Avenue Grill

Phone:
303-861-2820

A mainstay of the Uptown neighborhood, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu that includes seafood, steak, and more. Try the Colorado lamb and bacon burger with boursin cheese and harissa mayo on a brioche roll.

Sazza

Phone:
303-797-2992

Named as a cross between salad and pizza, this eatery uses sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the verdi pizza, topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and roasted criminis. Also, try its new location at Stanley Marketplace.

Jim ‘n Nick’s (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-371-1566

Authentic, down-home cooking served with legendary Southern hospitality. Don't miss the Angus beef brisket. Kids eat for $4.

Tokio

Phone:
720-639-2911

This traditional Japanese eatery offers a raw bar of sashimi and nigiri, six styles of ramen, and a variety of small plates. Order some Kobe beef from the bincyo-tan Japanese charcoal grill.

Hashtag

Phone:
303-996-9985

Prolific Denver chef Troy Guard takes on the breakfast joint with Hashtag. Wake up on the right side of the bed with lamb neck eggs Benedict, kimchi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

Del Frisco’s Grille

Phone:
303-320-8529

A more casual iteration of the beloved steak house, this venue serves up classic dishes with modern twists and local ingredients. Don't miss the cheesesteak egg rolls.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Phone:
303-777-3505

Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

Aloy Modern Thai

Phone:
303-397-9497

This Ballpark spot is bringing in fresh, local ingredients to create modern Thai dishes. Stick with small plates like the tartare tuna or the smoked Verlasso salmon, which is served in a jar with Asian pear, yuca chips, and orange aïoli.

Fogo de Chao (Park Meadows)

Phone:
303-481-4001

Enjoy a variety of fire-roasted Brazilian meats, carved for you table-side by Gaucho chefs. Endless sides include caramelized bananas and cheesy bread rolls.

CityGrille

Phone:
303-861-0726

Serving up burgers, microbrews, and imported beers on tap.

Larkburger

Phone:
720-285-1995

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Rioja

Phone:
303-820-2282

James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates high-end Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Try the artichoke tortelloni.

Sushi Hai

Phone:
720-855-0888

A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Icehouse Tavern

Phone:
303-292-3775

Historic photographs line the walls at this pub, reminding diners that the space was once an ice storage warehouse. The menu consists of American fare, such as burgers and sandwiches as well as housemade desserts. Try the open-faced turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy.

Tables

Phone:
303-388-0299

A glass of wine, flickering candlelight, and mismatched tables set the tone at this cozy neighborhood restaurant.

Death & Co. Denver

Phone:
720-330-2660

The famed New York City bar offers top-notch cocktail service and an inventive menu in the lobby of the Ramble Hotel. Try the Japanese eggplant with crispy rice.

Odelay Tacos

Phone:
720-389-8109

This vibrant Mexican bistro offers casual dining in a hip space. Order any of the authentic street tacos (choose between beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, or tempeh) with one of five house-made salsas.

Homegrown Tap and Dough

Phone:

A family-friendly neighborhood restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and entrees like brick chicken.

Lola Coastal Mexican

Phone:
720-570-8686

Grab a coin-style margarita at the tequila bar, then order the whole gold snapper, grilled or fried.

Potager

Phone:
303-832-5788

This family-owned restaurant specializes in fresh, seasonal food. (The menu changes once a month.) Dine in the back garden.

Blue Fin Sushi

Phone:
303-333-4006

Fish entrees and crisp tempura round out the menu at this sushi spot.

El Jefe

Phone:
720-389-7615

Farm-to-table Mexican fare will lure you to this welcoming Sunnyside haunt. Pair a house margarita with the four-cheese queso dip, and don't miss the organic mushroom tacos or the brisket enchiladas.

New York Deli News

Phone:
303-759-4741

Fresh bagels and bread complemented by meats direct from New York.

STK

Phone:
720-597-8010

This sleek downtown steak house caters to high-end tastes. Indulge in selections from the raw bar, or opt for a foie gras-topped, dry-aged porterhouse steak with sides like Parmesan truffle fries and charred cauliflower.

Motomaki

Phone:
720-943-2030

Enjoy a diverse selection of Asian cuisine at this fast-casual eatery. Try a Hawaiian-style tuna poke, a Vietnamese banh mi, or the make-your-own maki, where diners choose the ingredients in their sushi rolls.

Beso de Arte

Phone:
303-697-3377

Nestled beneath Red Rocks, the gorgeous patio is worth the drive to Morrison itself, but the savory fish tacos and rojo al mojcahete (slow-cooked pork served in a lava bowl) make the experience twice as nice.

Marco’s Coal-Fired

Phone:
303-296-7000

This spot serves authentic Neapolitan-style pies, coal-fired limoncello wings, and much more. Also try the Englewood location.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-458-1128

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids before 6 p.m. and you'll get their meals for $2.

The Molecule Effect

Phone:
720-502-6966

This hip art gallery and cafe offers something for every time of day. Start your morning off with a bulletproof coffee and a breakfast burrito or stop by in the evening for specialty cocktails, cheese plates, and panini.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

Phone:
720-749-4158

This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern

Phone:

The Oblio's Pizzeria team is behind this casual, family-friendly spot, offering the same fresh pizza, as well as sandwiches and salads.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

Find a rustic Mediterranean menu of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and seafood at this wine-focused eatery.

Palace Arms

Phone:
303-297-3111

Denver's grande dame restaurant, located inside the Brown Palace Hotel, whisks diners to a different era with its tableside Caesar salad, bananas Foster, and strolling martini cart.

Mario’s Ocean Club

Phone:
303-777-3474

Savor East Coast staples, including Maine lobster rolls and Maryland-style crab cakes, alongside Colorado striped bass ceviche and local meats at this casual seafood restaurant.

Il Posto

Phone:
303-394-0100

Sample Andrea Frizzi’s imaginative Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

Jing

Phone:
303-779-6888

Beautifully presented Asian-fusion dishes. Try the miso sea bass served with teriyaki glaze.

City, O’ City

Phone:
303-831-6443

This meat-free zone features pizza, vegan pastries, and a full bar.

Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-486-4434

The menu at this eatery takes inspiration from the Centennial State’s bounty. You’ll find everything from locally sourced charcuterie to a crudo made with Colorado striped bass.

TAG

Phone:
303-996-9985

Chef Troy Guard describes the food at his flagship restaurant as continental social cuisine. Translation: He serves big and small plates with flavors from around the world.

Zoës Kitchen

Phone:
303-904-9398

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Mister Tuna

Phone:
303-831-8862

Troy Guard's chic RiNo spot offers modern, eclectic cooking inspired by his Hawaiian upbringing. Go for rotisserie-roasted meats or try the oak-grilled shiitake mushrooms.

Fate Brewing Company

Phone:
303-449-3283

This east Boulder Brewpub—located along the bike path—boasts 30 taps featuring house-beers and a rotating selection of domestic and international guest brews. Try the barbecue burger.

Fortune Wok to Table

Phone:
303-321-7788

This casual Chinese spot offers authentic dumplings and noodle bowls. Visit Thursday through Saturday evenings and check out the exclusive upstairs dining room, which features a menu of seasonal, upscale dishes.

Brazen

Phone:
720-638-1242

This neighborhood restaurant and bar offers high-end, seasonal fare and craft-made cocktails. Try the housemade ramen on its new late-night menu.

Recess Beer Garden

Phone:
720-638-0020

Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

Jelly (Capitol Hill)

Phone:
303-831-6301

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with seared turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato. Or, sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the University Hills location.

Buchi Cafe Cubano

Phone:
303-458-1328

During the week, this tiny cafe dishes up traditional Cuban coffee and pressed sandwiches. On Sundays, drop in for all-day happy hour and authentic Cuban plates, like flan cubano and empanadas.

Masalaa

Phone:
303-755-6272

A vegetarian's heaven, Masalaa has delicious Southern Indian cuisine.

Tree Haus Bistro

Phone:
303-484-9728

A traditional bistro emphasizing soups, salads, sandwiches, and tapas. Each sandwich is named after a tree such as the Aspen, a hot pastrami sandwich, or the Poplar, a roast turkey sandwich with a cranberry relish and toasted sage leaves. For dessert, try a house-made chocolate tort on the expansive front patio.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Downtown)

Phone:
303-629-6424

A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, pasta, panini, and more in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery within three mile, and catering.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Centennial)

Phone:
720-283-6383

Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant offering tapas-style dining. Order the Itchy Sea Bass off the New World Fishy Meat menu, or try the River Rock tenderloin—four ounces of filleted meat served atop 500-degree river rocks.

Han Kang Korean Restaurant

Phone:
303-873-6800

This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features photos of every dish to help you choose the perfect one. Try the barbecue ribs.

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

Phone:
303-998-9350

Tucked inside the Boulder Theater, this casual venue serves up Texas-style barbecue. Look out for menu items like dry-rubbed brisket, scallion deviled eggs, and even a vegetarian pulled "pork" sandwich.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (City Park)

Phone:
720-475-1337

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this taqueria offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha taco made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. Multiple locations.

Darcy’s Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-770-0477

Enjoy traditional Irish pub fare with draft beers or specialty martinis. Don't miss house specialties like bangers and mash as well as sirloin shepherd's pie.

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
720-460-3733

Award-winning Fruition chef Alex Seidel and chef Matt Vawter offer upscale, contemporary farm-to-table fare, including pasta dishes and family-style shared plates for the table (try the Colorado lamb shoulder). Mercantile also features counter-service dining for breakfast and lunch, as well as a marketplace of locally sourced foodstuffs.

Steakhouse No. 316

Phone:
720-729-1922

This swank restaurant serves a classic menu of steaks with luxe toppings, like buttered lobster.

Vital Root

Phone:
303-474-4131

Justin Cucci's fourth eatery focuses on quick, healthy food. Grab a seat in the airy space and nosh creative, wholesome fare such as chilled carrot-ginger soup or a veggie dosa.

Tandoori Grill

Phone:
303-543-7339

This Boulder eatery is a reliable favorite serving classic and contemporary Indian favorites. Try the tandoor chili chicken or the biryani kichari (yellow lentils and basmati rice). Gluten-free options available.

T|ACO

Phone:
303-443-9468

This urban taqueria serves fresh chips, house-made salsas, and cocktails. Try the ahi taco made with ahi tuna, mango salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.

240 Union

Phone:
303-989-3562

This upscale, upbeat restaurant serves continental American food, including seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Try the chicken fried lobster tail with lemon-chive whipped potatoes and tarragon cream.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

A casual, family-friendly spot loved for their hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, featuring fresh ingredients. Try the Calabrese, a pie with white sauce, Gorgonzola, soppressata, red pepper flakes and red onions. Be on the look out for the "pizza of the week".

Bar Louie (Denver Tech Center)

Phone:
720-213-7080

This casual restaurant features awesome sandwiches,  such as the Luigi (shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil on a hoagie roll). For dessert, try the key lime shiner—a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-623-5432

Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three. Multiple locations.

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Señor Bear

Phone:
720-572-5997

This charming LoHi spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin America. Expect upscale plates such as squash mole negro and excellent tropical cocktails.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

Phone:
720-214-3300

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Roo Bar

  • Denver
  • Globeville
Phone:
303-455-8700

This laid-back bar is bustling with great deals, games, and an American menu. Go for some jalapeno poppers, and be sure to grab a side of grape jelly for dipping.

Bonnie Brae Tavern

Phone:
303-777-2262

This tavern has been dishing up all-American eats, including fried chicken, green chile, and apple pie, since 1934—but it’s most famous for its golden-crusted pizza.

Bittersweet

Phone:
303-942-0320

Chef Olav Peterson's restaurant has its own 600-square-foot garden. The constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try one of the seasonal pastas.

Halu Sushi & Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-279-5231

This Asian bistro serves sushi and tempura, as well as traditional Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken.

Honor Society

Phone:
720-420-0614

At this fine-casual eatery, guests pick their protein of choice (options include gluten-free chicken and sustainable Scottish salmon) to be enjoyed in a salad, sandwich, or plate.

Walter’s Pizzeria

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-864-9000

Grab a slice and a pint at this pizza parlor. Order the Big Fizz if you are craving meat or the Panama Not-So-Red if you want everything but the tomato sauce.

Black Pepper Pho

Phone:
303-440-1948

This Vietnamese restaurant fuses contemporary dining with traditional meals. With over seven pho options, bahn mi, and a bevy of grilled noodle bowls, there's something for every taste. Wash your meal down with a refreshing Thai iced tea.

QuickFish Poke Bar

Phone:
720-269-4778

This poke joint situated inside Avanti F&B offers 100 percent sustainable fish. Try out one of the six signature bowls or build-your-own-bowl by choosing from the long list of bases, fish, and add-ins.

Sushi Zanmai

Phone:
303-440-0733

Try one of their unique rolls like the Z-No. 9, with shrimp tempura, avocado, salmon, and eel sauce.

The Empress

Phone:
303-922-2822

Cantonese food, specializing in dim sum.

Mas Kaos

Phone:
(720) 638-2100

Mexican meets Italian in this hybrid between two South Pearl favorites, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina.

Milwaukee Street Tavern

Phone:
303-320-4710

Catch the game on one of many HD flat screens or take advantage of the two-lane bowling alley while you enjoy authentic tavern-style comfort fare.

Santo

Phone:
303-442-6100

Hosea Rosenberg’s second restaurant brings bold New Mexican flavors to Boulder. Dig into farm-to-table comfort food such as bison lengua tacos or a green chile cheeseburger.

Pantaleone’s

Phone:
303-757-3456

Since 1985, this casual, family-friendly restaurant has served up Italian classics like pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. The owner/chef is Greek, so also try the Greek salad.

Masa Cocina Mexicana

Phone:
303-820–2600

This Broomfield restaurant serves contemporary Mexican fare in bright, colorful environs. Wash down the tacos al pastor with a shot of mezcal.

Hideaway Steakhouse

Phone:
303-404-9939

Tucked away in Westminster, this upscale steak house serves classic American favorites. Come for the extraordinary steaks, the slow-roasted prime rib, and the fresh seafood selections. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you'll find live entertainment in the lounge.

White Pie

Phone:
303-862-5323

Chow down on New Haven–style pizza right here in Denver. Pair the Porker Porkorino—topped with soppressata, mozzarella, pickled chiles, and spicy honey—with a frozen Negroni.

Junz

Phone:
720-851-1005

A Japanese-French fusion restaurant making a splash in the southeast metro area.

Peaks Lounge

Phone:
303-486-4810

This rooftop bar (atop the Hyatt Regency hotel) offers incredible views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain skyline. Enjoy the view with a cocktail and hearty appetizers (they don't serve entrées), such as the Colorado cheese plate, seared jumbo scallops, or beef tenderloin sliders.

Tacos Jalisco

Phone:
303-458-1437

This neighborhood mainstay offers authentic Mexican fare and friendly service.

The Populist

Phone:
720-432-3163

This pared-down, old-fashioned eatery offers thoughtful small plates. Favorites include the bourbon-maple Brussels sprouts, Colorado grass-fed burger, and tandoori chicken. Or, settle in and order the chef's multi-course tasting menu with paired wines.

Bayou Bob’s

Phone:
303-573-6828

The menu at this downtown spot boasts Southern and Cajun cooking as well as American traditionals. Go for a bowl of shrimp, sausage, and okra gumbo served over steamed rice.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-460-8868

A long list of special rolls are artfully prepared at this Japanese restaurant. Don't pass up on the Godzilla Roll: Tempura shrimp, crabmeat, and avocado topped with unagi, tempura crunch, and two sauces.

Elway’s (DIA)

Phone:
303-342-7777

Dining at DIA? Forget compromise—upscale steakhouse fare awaits. Order from the same menu you'd find at Elway's other locations. Early bird travelers can reap the benefits of a take-out breakfast menu with dishes like skillet potatoes, chicken-fried steak burrito, omelets and even fresh granola.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-456-6779

Head to the second location of this Colorado-born eatery for gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Pick your patty, bun, and an assortment of toppings for your perfect customizable burger, or opt for the Colorado barbecue.

Pho 95

Phone:
303-936-3322

Don't miss the steaming bowls of traditional Vietnamese pho at this restaurant. The noodle soup can be ordered in 21 different ways. Enjoy other regional favorites, including pan-fried noodles and spring rolls. Also try the Centennial location.

Eureka!

Phone:
720-259-3636

You'll find an thoroughly American menu with a modern twist at this casual eatery. Grab a burger and a craft beer with a side of the crispy brussels sprouts.

Vines Wine Bar

Phone:
303-736-8463

This premier wine bar boasts more than 100 wines by the glass. Come for the wine, but stay for the tapas. Certified sommeliers offer wine paring with a variety of high-end tapas, including Colorado Elk.

Sazza (Aurora)

Phone:
303-797-3048

This fast-casual restaurant utilizes sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the chicken enchilada pizza, a winning combo of chicken, enchilada sauce, cheese, and fresh vegetables. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Sushi Han

Phone:
303-820-3331

Bright, clean, and unpretentious, with ultra-fresh sushi.

American Bonded

Phone:
303-942-1201

Go to this casual RiNo bar for drinks crafted by cocktail pro Sean Kenyon (of Williams & Graham fame) and food from True West Kitchen.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-666-5743

This casual joint serves thin-crust, organic brick-oven pizza and offers 21 taps of American craft and imported Belgian beer. Order the mozzarella pizza with fresh herbs or the proscioutto pizza with arugula and Grana Padano.

Sierra

Phone:
303-662-8800

This upscale Lone Tree eatery from the team behind La Loma focuses on wood-fire cooking. Try the slow-cooked, chipotle-glazed baby back ribs with an Oaxacan Sunset cocktail.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

Phone:
303-455-9012

This Highland beer hall's menu offers Bavarian-style sausages, sandwiches, and soups. Enjoy an Erdinger Dunkel dark wheat beer with your veal bratwurst and soft pretzel. Don't miss the stocked-up condiment bar of house-made mustards.

The Family Jones Spirit House

Phone:
303-481-8185

Denver's first distillery/restaurant features eclectic small plates and handcrafted spirits. Snack on a smoked trout tea sandwich while you sip on the vesper martini.

Kokoro

Phone:
303-692-8752

Quick, healthy, delicious Japanese food. Multiple locations.

Raglin Market

Phone:
303-954-9990

This Provençal eatery offers fresh soups, sandwiches, and salads. Try the steak caesar salad.

Tuk Tuk Thai Grill

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext. 2

Healthy Thai food for a fast lunch or dinner. Don't forget the famous Thai iced coffee. Multiple locations.

Lyfe Kitchen

Phone:
303-716-9100

This flexitarian menu focuses on fresh, healthy choices with options including vegan and gluten-free bites. Try the Chile-Ginger Veggie Stir Fry with stir-fried veggies, quinoa, black rice, and sweet chile-ginger sauce.

Benihana (Broomfield)

Phone:
303-410-0482

This family-friendly, Japanese-style hibachi steak house is a fun place for both lunch and dinner.

North County

Phone:
720-532-0106

With a beach bar atmosphere in a landlocked state, this San Diego-inspired taqueria boasts a daily catch of charcoal fish tacos and a bar full of tequila libations and spiked sodas batched and bottled in house.

Shanty Supper Club

Phone:
303-830-6637

This casual comfort-food locale soothes both stomach and soul with Midwestern classics such as buttery chicken pot-pie, tender pot roast, and creamy mac and cheese with prosciutto.

TAG Burger Bar

Phone:
303-736-2260

An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-825-1021

Come for the brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas, stay for the solid craft beer list. Also try the Louisville location.

Cherish Spirits Lounge

Phone:
303-243-7474

Intricate cocktails made with over 100 spirits from around the world anchor this high-end watering hole. Pair your libation with prosciutto-wrapped stuffed dates or another shareable plate and revel in tunes from a rotating roster of guest DJs.

Pho 96

Phone:
303-568-9262

Vietnamese noodle bowls and soups abound at this South Federal restaurant. Top off your authentic meal with a boba smoothie.

Brooklyn M.C.’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-763-8299

'Family' is the secret ingredient here. The fresh handmade dough, sauces, and strombolis are killer.

Sforno Trattoria Romana

Phone:
303-449-1787

Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.

Pete’s Satire Lounge

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-322-2227

Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, the Satire has been serving up food, fun, and great drinks since 1962.

Torchy’s Tacos (Westminster)

Phone:
303-495-1115

This Texas-born taco shop offers an option for any appetite. Don't miss the breakfast tacos, the taco of the month, or any of the many pork, beef, sausage, and chicken options. Multiple locations.

Bennett’s BBQ (Arvada)

Phone:
303-424-0318

This joint serves Texas-style barbecue piled high alongside plenty of traditional sides. Also try the Centennial location.

Hana Sushi

Phone:
303-680-6099

Modern Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-329-0222

This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steak house fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into grilled salmon fresca, carbonara, or filet mignon. The large banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 60.

Lowry Beer Garden

Phone:
303-366-0114

This traditional, German-style beer garden celebrates Colorado breweries with 16 draft lines (almost all of which serve local beer). Try the burgers or bratwurst with house-cut french fries.

Luke’s A Steak Place

Phone:
303-422-3300

Enjoy a quality filet mignon, NY strip, or porterhouse steak in a casual dining atmosphere. Try the cowboy steak, a bone-in-ribeye, or the Colorado lamb.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-320-8635

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids in before 6 p.m. and get their meals for $2.

Acres

Phone:
303-593-1003

This Englewood neighborhood joint offers cozy American favorites, including "Bruce's Biscuits"—buttermilk biscuits served with Colorado honey and local Tender Belly Bacon carbonara.

Bara Sushi and Thai

Phone:
303-221-8880

Get the best of both worlds at this restaurant that features Thai cuisine and sushi. Try the DTC roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, and caviar or have an order of the traditional pad thai.

Pino’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

Fresh and original Italian staples. Try the nine-topping King pizza or the Diavola. Enjoy more than 50 wine options, hand-picked from small wineries in Italy.

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Bar Dough

Phone:
720-668-8506

Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

British Bulldog Pub

Phone:
303-295-7974

This pub serves up a mélange of fare—from English shepherd's pie, to Pakistani curries, to all-American burgers—in a casual setting.

Café Marmotte

Phone:
303-999-0395

This modern-yet-cozy spot in the heart of Washington Park serves up French bistro fare with a contemporary twist. Try the signature coq au vin.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-371-4644

Formerly known as Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill, this sushi bar offers more than just sushi. Zen also specializes in filleted beef and noodle dishes, all of which are enhanced by in-house speciality sauces.

Capital Grille

Phone:
303-539-2500

This Larimer Square destination serves dry-aged steaks, north Atlantic lobster, and fresh seafood.

Steak House 10

Phone:
303-789-0911

This family-owned and operated steak house dishes up excellent service and a retro atmosphere.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-322-9554

The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unusual combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, and cucumber wrapped with salmon and avocado.

Right Coast Pizza

Phone:
303-431-6077

Enjoy New York-style pizza with a wide selection of craft brews. Try the Laughing Buffalo for a classic Margherita pie, or the Black and Bleu (topped with steak and bleu cheese) for a Western vibe.

Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-623-4999

For a bona fide Thai experience, dine at this zen locale where the decor was imported from Thailand. Grab a cushion at the traditional khontoke seating area and order the Money Bags appetizer. Later, enjoy coco salmon in a spicy red curry.

Billy’s Inn

Phone:
303-455-9733

This bar has a huge selection of tequila as well as tasty tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. A favorite is the Sante Fe burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, and onions.

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Sushi Den

Phone:
303-777-0826

Sushi Den offers fresh, vibrant seafood flown in daily from Japan and a hip, lively scene.  Sit at the bar and watch the masterful sushi chefs, led by Toshi Kizaki, as they work their artistry.

Globe Hall

Phone:
303-296-1003

Come to this Texas-style barbecue joint for the foot-stomping musical performances, the authentic, slow-cooked brisket, and the no-fuss cocktails.

Jill’s Restaurant

Phone:
720-406-7399

Serving fresh, organic, and free-range menu items with a selection of international wines. Check out the vegan tasting dinner on Mondays.

Shanghai Kitchen

Phone:
303-290-6666

The large menu features Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Try one of the chef's specialty dishes, such as the volcano shrimp or super nova.

Zeal

Phone:
720-708-6309

Find healthy options any time of day at this spot that caters to health enthusiasts. Try the Conscious Kale salad or one of the many freshly squeezed juices.

Bar Helix

Phone:
720-449-8587

Guilty pleasures abound at this sexy RiNo bar. Try the Negroni cannoli.

Chocolate Lab

Phone:
720-536-5037

Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

Bangkok Cafe

Phone:
303-806-9354

Get an authentic taste of Thailand at this restaurant where all dishes are made to order. Try the traditional pad thai or kick up the heat with an order of the BlackJax chicken with jalapeño, Thai chile, black pepper, and vegetables.

Simms Steakhouse

Phone:
303-237-0465

Steaks are the signature item at this spacious restaurant, but also enjoy seafood options like halibut with lobster cream sauce.

Amici’s Pizzeria & Italian

Phone:
303-455-5585

This family-style Italian restaurant serves up red-sauce favorites in a casual setting. Enjoy classic dishes including spaghetti with meatballs, stuffed manicotti, and more.

Bar Max

Phone:
303-333-0003

Formerly known as Cafe Max, this European bistro offers a simple, curated menu. Pair the prosciutto, Brie, and fig spread sandwich with a glass of Prosecco.

Park Burger

Phone:
720-242-9951

Denver's favorite neighborhood gourmet burger joint opens shop in Park Hill, serving favorites like the Royale—a 1/3 lb. burger smothered in caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon.

The Bitter Bar

Phone:
303-442-3050

Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Whether it's happy hour or late at night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge.

Izu Sushi

Phone:
303-284-7981

This trendy and cozy sushi parlor serves traditional Japanese fare with innovative twists. Check out the happy hour specials for reduced prices on rolls, sashimi, and sake cocktails.

Earls Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-792-3275

This boisterous restaurant serves up international eats like pad thai and chicken tacos. Consider eating at the hopping bar.

Growler USA

Phone:
720-387-7965

Beer enthusiasts rejoice: this Sloan’s Lake pub offers over 100 taps of draft beer, sourced locally and from around the country, along with a beer-themed menu. Dig into dishes such as the Nitro BBQ cheddar burger or skillet mac and beer cheese.

L’Atelier

Phone:
303-442-7233

Indulge in tender lamb or the succulent lobster. The best values are at lunchtime, but these flavors are worth every penny.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Phone:
303-446-2337

This fast-casual chain serves made-to-order burgers with fresh and creative toppings. Try the Buffalo Bill bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, Frank's Hot Sauce, and Hopdoddy's signature Sassy Sauce. Wash it down with a house cocktail or draft beer.

Twin Dragon

Phone:
303-781-8068

Authentic Asian dishes served with flair.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Baker)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

The Bent Noodle

Phone:
303-337-2733

Enjoy made-from-scratch sauces and great desserts in a friendly, fun environment.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
303-778-1294

Cuisine originating from the Michoacan area of southwestern Mexico served amid fanciful murals. Most of the family recipes are gluten-free or can be prepared gluten-free. To start, try prickly pear margarita with the ceviche appetizer.

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Phone:

On Saturdays, this wood-fired Texas-style barbecue joint welcomes the public to savor lip-smacking dishes, such as beef brisket, house-cured and smoked pastrami, pit beans, and farm slaw.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

Phone:
303-321-1919

This Cherry Creek North staple serves multiregional Italian food with flair. Fresh pastas, game, fish, and poultry round out a menu that uses fresh, local ingredients.

Village Greek

Phone:
303-792-3382

Authentic Greek and Mediterranean food with a hint of American offerings. Try the restaurant's signature dish: a Mediterranean-braised lamb shank served over pasta.

D’Corazon

Phone:
720-904-8226

Known for the authentic, slow-simmered carnitas, this locale offers Mexican comfort food at its best.

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Phone:
303-954-0230

This cozy RiNo restaurant features Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. Choose from an ever-changing selection of  snacks, tartines, and pastries.  

24 Carrot Bistro

Phone:
303-828-1392

Boston-born chef Kevin Kidd brings fresh and local products from Oxford Gardens, Isabelle Farm, as well as the restaurant's own farm to this garden-driven restaurant. Customer favorites include the crispy calamari, warm Parmesan-kale dip, and duck confit.

Bistro Barbès

Phone:
720-398-8085

Jon Robbins offers a menu inspired by the French, North African, and Middle Eastern flavors of Barbès, the Paris neighborhood where he spent three years.

Crú A Wine Bar

Phone:
303-708-8053

With 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge at this chic locale is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

ZanZiBar Billiards

Phone:
303-308-9999

Along with traditional bar fare—like the burger-and-beer deal for $7—this laid-back hub, featuring free pool and an extra-long happy hour, dishes out fresh Middle Eastern dishes, like hummus, falafel, and shish kebabs.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Phone:
303-825-3353

Go for top-quality steaks and seafood in a posh setting. Try a tender, juicy porterhouse steak or a freshly steamed lobster, and finish off with a slice of chocolate cake.

Slice Works

Phone:
303-993-8127

Try a slice of the green chile pizza made with house-made green chile with cheddar and mozzarella. For an alternative to pizza, try the calamari or the chicken parmesan.

Toppings & More

Phone:
303-217-8010

Try the Kamakazi hot dog with pickled ginger, crispy sting onions, Asian mix and togarashi or a house-made salmon dog. For dessert, choose from eight flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings.

Go Fish Sushi

Phone:
303-733-8881

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Flatz Restaurant

Phone:
303-465-0153

Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the bacon-wrapped filet or the cast-iron chicken. Select a wine from the extensive list.

Pei Wei

Phone:
303-942-3445

Pei Wei combines high quality, delicious cuisine with convenient dining options. Try the ginger broccoli beef. Multiple locations.

Spice China

Phone:
720-890-0999

Stop in at this comfortable Asian bistro in Louisville to sample from a large menu that showcases traditional Chinese entrées, warm soups, and sushi platters.

Appaloosa Grill

Phone:
720-932-1700

This American grill and bar serves up classic sandwiches and salads as well as hearty entrees. Try the Reuben at lunch, then go big with the bison sirloin agnolotti for dinner.

Modern Market (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-1772

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Fooducopia

Phone:
303-722-7838

Most of the ingredients in these American dishes are locally sourced from small producers. Go for breakfast and order the wild mushroom omelet, made with fresh eggs picked up from a farm about five miles down the road. For dinner, try the scallops with brown butter, sage, capers and orzo.

Soko Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-623-2702

Order a meal of tempura, sushi, and sake at this authentic Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant.

Gather

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-823-4172

This coffee house and cafe is located inside Galvanize, a co-working community. Pop by for a coffee and build-your-own breakfast sandwich, or hearty soups and sandwiches later in the day.

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Tavernetta

Phone:
720-605-1889

The team behind Boulder’s acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list.

McDevitt Taco Supply

Phone:
720-573-4194

This taco-cart-turned-restaurant offers “super heady tacos,” aka an original and exciting American twist on classic tacos. Be sure to order a McDevitt margarita with your kale salad-topped taco and Mexican street corn.

Texas de Brazil

Phone:
720-374-2100

Inspired by traditional Brazilian churrascarias, this South American hot spot features sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, slow roasted and seasoned to perfection. Try the signature caipirinha cocktail.

Rib House Express

Phone:
303-442-7427

Nothing is small at this Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The patio seats 12 and the baby back ribs are enormous.

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

Phone:
303-692-0404

Some say this is the best Greek food in town. Enjoy this elegant yet casual taverna, and try the Colorado grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. Plus, everyone loves a good gyro. Pair your meal with one of their many wine options.

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

Choose from house-made gorditas, tostadas, tacos, and quesadillas at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Multiple locations.

Bettola Bistro

Phone:
303-750-1580

Settle into an intimate evening meal at this hole-in-the-wall bistro. Try carefully crafted Italian dishes, like house-made ricotta and spinach gnudi (fluffy dumplings) in a light Parmesan broth.

Parker Garage

Phone:
720-389-8105

Located in the heart of Parker, this modern space offers up hearty entrées made with locally sourced produce and livestock. Look out for the charcuterie plate and the grilled yellowfin tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at DIA

Phone:
303-342-6682

This local fixture emphasizes simple, authentic dishes. Try made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers, and sandwiches on their signature artisan breads, baked fresh daily. Find it near Gate B22.

New Image Brewing Co.

Phone:
720-900-5620

Head to this modern taproom for brews like the Altura Imperial Coffee Stout and small plates such as pork-kimchi tacos with avocado mousse and crispy Brussels sprouts.

Oceanaire Seafood Room

Phone:
303-991-2277

This upscale restaurant (decorated in a 1930s ocean liner-style) does seafood right. Order your selection to your liking: broiled, grilled, fried, steamed, or sauteed.

Tavern Lowry

Phone:
303-366-0007

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Catch a game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Go Fish Sushi (Broomfield)

Phone:
720-593-1888

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Hickory & Ash

Phone:
720-390-4400

Famed Denver chef Kevin Taylor—and his son, executive chef Ryan Taylor—bring a modern, wood-fire “meatery” to Broomfield. Try the short rib pastrami.

Bamboo Sushi

Phone:
303-284-6600

This Portland-born sustainable sushi spot will let you feel good about each bite of sashimi you take. Try the seared scallop with yuzu vinegar.

Warhorse Inn

Phone:
303-841-4018

Old school bar dishes up Mexican food, sandwiches, steak, ribs, and super nachos. Order a cold beer to wash your meal down.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Phone:
303-893-5458

Stop by this Celtic-themed pub for fish and chips, a ”Big Arse” burger, or shepherd’s pie. Plus, order from the eatery's large selection of whiskey.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
720-330-8487

This fast-casual spot takes inspiration from Hong Kong's melting pot of cusine, serving a playful mix of Asian favorites in a relaxed setting. Try the BBQ pork, pan-seared scallops, or spicy Szechuan dishes.

Cafe Prague

Phone:
303-697-9722

A piece of elegance in small-town Morrison. The hearty Czech menu features classics like wiener schnitzel and Hungarian beef goulash.

Cinema Grill

Phone:
303-344-3456

The ultimate dinner and a movie experience. Good food and entertainment in a fun and friendly environment.

Katsu Ramen

Phone:
303-751-2222

Satisfy a ramen craving with one of the traditional styles offered at this cozy spot. Get the most out of your dollar with a combo meal, featuring your choice of ramen plus gyoza and a rice bowl.

Brava! Pizzeria Bella Strada

Phone:
303-835-1611

Gorgeous wood-fired pizzas anchor the menu at this quick-service spot. Try the Bianca Fresca or the Fun Guy, but don't miss the colorful seasonal salads or desserts such as crostata marmaletta (a shortbread tart filled with seasonal preserves and whipped cream).

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

  • Denver
  • City Park West
Phone:
303-388-2337

This pub does a brisk business with two patios, 21 beers on tap, and an affordable menu of burgers, burritos, and veggie specialties like the Reuben (beer-baked tempeh stands in for corned beef).

Spuntino

Phone:
303-433-0949

Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with goat. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Phone:
303-595-4255

This historic hall has been transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. Innovative and high-quality international pub food is on the menu, including house-made sausages. Try the poutine: hand-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds.

The Occidental

Phone:
720-536-8318

This neighborhood hangout, the younger, more casual sibling of famed speakeasy Williams & Graham, serves up clever cocktails, draft brews, and country fair-inspired food.

Latke Love

Phone:
303-995-9708

This modern yet cozy deli presents a variety of Eastern European style fare including blintzes and corned beef hash. Make sure to order a few of the signature latkes.

Cochino Taco

Phone:
720-542-9829

The menu at this quirky taqueria features 16 different tacos and a poblano chile-topped burger.

La Cour

Phone:
303-777-5000

A French bistro serving classics like quiche lorraine alongside a French wine and cocktail menu.

Old Capitol Grill

Phone:
303-279-6390

A tasty menu of ribs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, and salads ensures there's something for everyone.

Bonefish Grill

Phone:
303-423-3474

Enjoy an extensive menu at this casual, seafood-centric restaurant. Multiple locations.

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

Phone:
303-454-3282

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, burgers, and salads. But it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Greenbriar Inn

Phone:
303-440-7979

Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, this spot promises a romantic getaway. In a dining room of white tablecloths and chandeliers, order meals like beef Wellington and filet mignon while you choose a vino from the 1,000-label wine cellar.

Work & Class

Phone:
303-292-0700

This elevated meat-and-three concept offers a unique hybrid of American and Latin cuisine in raucous, repurposed-shipping-container digs. Our pick: the Cajun rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

Oven

Phone:
303-934-7600

Delicious, house-made, wood-fired pizzas made with organic ingredients. Everything from the marinara sauce to the mozzarella, from the pizza dough to the desserts are made in-house. Good wine selection.

Miami Vibez

Phone:
763-257-9992

This high-energy dance club features a laid-back Cuban bistro on its first floor. Expect flavorful dishes like picadillo served with black beans and rice as well as Cubano sandwiches.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Phone:
720-306-7130

This fast-casual eatery serves sustainable fish and shrimp in its tacos. Try the California bowl topped with your choice of chicken, seafood, or veggies. Multiple locations.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Pizzeria da Lupo

Phone:
303-396-6366

This Boulder hotspot offers simple Italian fare in a funky space (think hand-tiled mosaic floor and chandeliers). Order the saliche pizza: fennel sausage, rapini, ricotta, and house-made mozzarella.

NY Pizza Pub

Phone:
303-639-9675

Pizza place meets pub with a social atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, gluten-free pies, and various options by-the-slice.

Sunrise Sunset (Sixth Ave.)

Phone:
303-996-4635

This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

RiNo Yacht Club

Phone:
720-443-1135

Enjoy classic and creative cocktails at this loungelike RiNo bar. The menu includes a raw seafood bar and Southern-inspired fare.

Crush Pizza & Tap

Phone:
720-619-3337

This casual joint serves up three different styles of pizza (including authentic Chicago-style deep-dish, Sicilian, and hand-tossed) as well as smoked wings, salads, and sandwiches. Wash down your meal with one of the many craft brews available.

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

Phone:
303-813-1700

This varied menu offers re-interpreted American classics and an impressive fresh oyster selection. If you're not opting for the sustainable seafood, try the burger.

Brewery Bar II

Phone:
303-893-0971

Legions of customers are loyal to this casual joint's signature chiles rellenos, award-winning green chile, solid margaritas, and great specials.

Elm

  • Denver
  • South Park Hill
Phone:
303-336-5763

Red Socks fans congregate here during baseball season and neighbors drop in nightly. Roast beef, fish and chips, and burgers are the pub's most popular meals.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-975-6886

This second location of this curry shop brings traditional plates from southern India to a cozy dining room. Fill up on curried chicken or masala beef, or create your own bowl with spiced meats and veggies. Multiple locations.

Fish N Beer

Phone:
303-248-3497

Kevin Morrison (founder of Tacos Tequila Whiskey) offers approachable, fresh seafood and a hearty beer list at this casual oysterette. Try the Spanish octopus or wood-fire-grilled whole bass.

Russell’s Smokehouse

Phone:
720-524-8050

Diners flock to this subterranean smokehouse for classic 'cue. Try the fall-off-the-bone rib combo, which features both baby back beef and pork ribs.

Quiero Arepas

Phone:
720-269-4778

The popular Venezuelan food truck has found a brick-and-mortar home at Avanti Food & Beverage. Its entirely gluten-free menu offers delicious selections like the reina pepiada arepa, a flatbread that comes stuffed with shredded chicken dressed in a creamy avocado sauce.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Highland)

Phone:
303-455-1502

This old-school Italian joint has been serving its special savory cannolis (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti with marinara sauce since 1961. Multiple locations.

Ohana Grille

Phone:
303-232-0787

This Hawaiian eatery offers classic island favorites with a Colorado flair. Say aloha to the grilled mahi mahi street tacos and Spam fried rice.

Corner Office

Phone:
303-825-6500

Find global comfort food—from chicken tikka masala to shrimp ceviche—and every type of martini you can imagine at this trendy spot.

Meadowlark Kitchen

Phone:
303-953-1815

Located adjacent to Meadowlark Bar, this rustic eatery boasts a tightly edited menu focused on local offerings. Try the over-the-top burger.

Old Blinking Light

Phone:
303-346-9797

Seasonally fresh American fare with Southwestern soul in a contemporary, comfortable atmosphere.

Kuni Sushi

Phone:
720-573-8895

Former Hapa Sushi chef Jay Kuni offers both traditional and new-style rolls at this neighborhood Japanese joint. Try the San Diego roll, which gets a kick from habanero peppers and sweetness from diced mango.

Tstreet Roadhouse

Phone:
303-936-5179

Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Stapleton

Phone:
303-329-8888

Enjoy every meal of the day at this casual Stapleton eatery. Start your day off with a Denver omelette and coffee. Try the paleo plantain sandwich at lunch and end your day with the crispy fried chicken sandwich.

Millers & Rossi

Phone:
720-257-5342

Located inside a former manufacturing warehouse, this RiNo art gallery doubles as a speakeasy. order a smoked old fashioned and indulge in chef Casey Miller's tapas-style shared plates, such as the wagyu steak taco topped with Twisted Sister hot sauce aïoli and pickled jicama slaw.

Mediterranean

Phone:
303-444-5335

Offering Spanish-, French-, and Greek-inspired cuisine. Sample from one of the 38 tapas on the menu as you sip from a fabulous wine selection.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar

Phone:
720-354-5058

The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unique combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, salmon, cucumber, and avocado. Multiple locations.

Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria

Phone:
720-389-5221

When you're in the mood for Cuban, look no further than this authentic sandwich shop. Stop in during happy hour for a fresh mojito.

Wine and Cheese Restaurant and Wine Bar

Phone:
303-452-4900

Try any of the cheese and charcuterie platters, and don't miss the opportunity to build your own wine flight from their selection of 50-plus wines. Soups, salads, and paninis are also available.

Denver Biscuit Company (Baker)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This hotspot serves deliciously indulgent biscuit sandwiches. Try the Franklin, which comes stacked high with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Chinook Tavern

Phone:
720-266-6000

Indulge in signature European-inspired dishes like Jaeger schnitzel and Wasabi Pea Crusted Halibut. Sit in the Zermatt Room for traditional Swiss fare such as fondue and raclette.

Hi Tide

Phone:
720-639-6900

This RiNo hangout brings the taste of the islands to landlocked Colorado with build-your-own poke bowls and frozen sake.

Gold Hill Inn

Phone:
303-443-6461

The menu at this eatery is reborn nightly, but expect local, seasonal flavors that take French-inspired dishes and fuse them with mom’s home cooking. Be sure to save room for the desserts, like sour cream apple pie. Closed from January through April, will reopen in May and stay open through December.

Bar Red

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-573-0223

Stop in at this modern Italian spot for lunch or dinner, and stay late for cocktails and more. Try the prosciutto di parma pizza and sip on a signature cocktail after your meal.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Phone:
303-561-2855

This Seattle-based Tex-Mex eatery focuses on fresh produce and house-made marinades, rubs, and sauces. The signature picante sauce pleases heat and flavor seekers alike. Also try the Fort Collins location.

Old Major

Phone:
720-420-0622

Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal dining with an emphasis on locally raised heritage meat. If you're a steak aficionado, try the 24-ounce, bone-in rib-eye. Also, swing by during lunch for Royal Rooster crispy fried chicken sandwiches and other classics such as steak frites.

Zolo Grill

Phone:
303-449-0444

This is Southwestern fare with a nice twist. Try the seasonal tamales. Plus, with around 150 tequilas to choose from, ordering a great margarita is a must.

Broadway Market

Phone:
720-390-7132

This sprawling marketplace is home to nine food concepts, a central bar, a self-serve beer wall, and two retail options. Drop in to peruse offerings from Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Royal Rooster, Glazed & Confused Donuts, Pizzeria Coperta, Mother Tongue, and many more.

Next Door (Stapleton)

Phone:
720-930-4366

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Range

Phone:
720-726-4800

Range serves true Western food: wood-fired ranch meats with Native American influences. Try the rabbit croquetas with chutney and parsley salad.

Brass Tacks

Phone:

This welcoming neighborhood bar and eatery offers sandwiches, bar snacks, and shareable family meals alongside beer, wine, and custom cocktails.

LeRoux

Phone:
720-845-1673

Lon Symensma’s upscale, European-inspired eatery features table-side preparations and a roving cheese cart.

Williams and Graham

Phone:
(303) 997-8886

Walk through a secret door in the bookstore that fronts the bar and you will be transported to the prohibition era. Order specialty cocktails like the Blackberry Sage: Whiskey plus muddled blackberries, sage, and lemon. Chef Max MacKissock and sous chef Blake Edmunds (formerly of the Squeaky Bean) head up the culinary program.

Luca

Phone:
303-832-6600

Convivial hospitality and classic Italian dishes greet you at this spot. Don’t miss the house-made Burrata cheese.

Sakana Sushi & Ramen

Phone:
303-429-6646

Enjoy traditional Japanese fare at this Westminster restaurant. Warm up with a bowl of shiyo ramen or sample the chef's-choice nigiri platter.

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

Phone:
303-733-6977

A family-owned restaurant since 1964 serving simple, traditional Italian food. Enjoy a generous portion of pasta with one of the three house-made red sauces or a delicious pizza like the margherita. Be sure to try one of the specialty giant meatballs.

Pino’s Place

Phone:
720-761-9917

This Tuscan-inspired Englewood eatery offers comfort food staples. Start with an order of the meatballs and move on to a classic pizza or pasta dish. Indulge in the panna cotta for dessert.

Osaka Sushi

Phone:
303-698-9919

Artful presentation, impeccable service, and a charming atmosphere.

Los Chingones (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-975-6166

Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

Pho 79

Phone:
303-922-2930

Some of the best Vietnamese pho noodle soup you'll find in Denver. Also try the downtown location.

The Bronze Empire

Phone:
720-550-7871

This comfortable restaurant specializes in Chinese hot pot, an Asian fondue that features an aromatic, bubbling broth for cooking fresh ingredients right at your table. Dip everything from ramen noodles to steak into the savory cooking liquid.

West End Tavern

Phone:
303-444-3535

Enjoy meatloaf with a microbrew at this neighborhood tavern. Rooftop dining available.

The Palate Food & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-771-5222

This sleek wine bar offers 150 vinos by the glass and an American-fusion menu featuring highlights like Colorado lamb ribs, roasted beet ravioli, and crab cakes.

Chinook Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-757-7129

This casual dinner spot is a restaurant, bar, and venue for live entertainment. Order the spicy Cajun black and blue burger or the club sandwich.

Denver Biscuit Company (Aurora)

Phone:
303-377-7900

Chow down on biscuit sandwiches at the Stanley Marketplace. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Los Chingones (Southmoor Park)

Phone:
303-567-4258

An extension of chef-owner Troy Guard's TAG family, Los Chingones is shareable Mexican cuisine with a distinctive style. The menu is marked by staples such as ceviche, funditos, and tacos.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (RiNo)

Phone:
303-292-3500

Get your fill of southern Indian food at this curry shop. Top a bowl of biryani with spiced chicken, beef, or veggies. Multiple locations.

Modern Market (Greenwood Village)

Phone:
303-220-9961

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Denver Biscuit Company (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This biscuit hotspot is home to delicious, stacked sandwiches. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Maddie’s Restaurant

Phone:
720-389-8068

This breakfast spot offers a diverse menu including huevos rancheros, gluten-free pancakes, challah French toast, and latkes.

Howl at the Moon

Phone:
303-291-0880

Eat, drink, and experience the most celebrated piano show in town. Pianists face off in musical acts of showmanship that beg you to become part of the fun. Munch on a variety of appetizers, from quesedillas, to pizza, or try the house-favorite buffalo wings.

Cap City Tavern

Phone:
720-931-8888

This family-owned tavern serves classic American fare alongside innovative cocktails and beer on tap. The menu is marked by staples like meaty pizzas and cheeseburgers as well as slightly more indulgen takes such as truffle mac 'n' cheese.

Red Tango

Phone:
303-420-2203

Offers friendly service, unique appetizers, and a variety of Latin American fare.

Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

Phone:
303-443-1188

Dine on classic American steak house favorites in an elegant atmosphere. Don't miss the extensive wine list and chilled bar top (perfect for keeping martinis icy cold).

Zink Kitchen + Bar

Phone:
303-779-1559

Global cuisine with Colorado flair. Try the breakfast buffet with the omelet station, a lunch of chicken pot pie, or the ahi tuna dinner.

Angelo’s Taverna (Littleton)

Phone:
720-532-1389

This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Tamayo

Phone:
720-946-1433

This spot's modern menu is derived from authentic Mexican roots and ingredients. Check out the rooftop lounge and the selection of more than 100 tequilas.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro

Phone:
303-534-6274

This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the blackened ahi tuna taco. Multiple locations.

Cheesecake Factory

Phone:
303-858-1111

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap

Phone:
303-477-3000

Slow food in a fast-casual dining environment? This burrito shop is a paradox worth biting into. Gourmet-to-go versions of one of America's favorite staples are made with ingredients like white bean hummus, Napa cabbage, bruschetta-pico, and pesto.

Tavern Littleton

Phone:
303-730-7772

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio and enjoy the food and drink specials, or watch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs.

Meritage

Phone:
303-464-3330

The menus include naturally raised meats, line-caught fish, organic produce, and fine wines.

Il Fornaio

Phone:
303-221-8400

Specialties include house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, rotisserie meats, and artisanal breads.

Marino’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-955-0373

Handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas fill the menu, accompanied by house-made limoncello and tiramisu.

25 Best Restaurants

Frasca Food and Wine

Phone:
303-442-6966

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The elegant Friulano cuisine always wows.

Highland’s Asian Grill

Phone:
303-433-3317

A casual Thai, Japanese, and Chinese restaurant. Top picks include fried rice, golden fried sesame tofu (gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside), and the zippy basil chicken with veggies.

Brothers BBQ

Phone:
303-322-3289

This is the original location of the homegrown chain founded by two local brothers. The tasty barbecue combines elements of many different regional varieties, creating a style all their own.

Vesta

Phone:
303-296-1970

Visit this stylish LoDo stalwart for upscale-yet-approachable fare. Try the luxe lobster cioppino or the hearty Madras grilled venison.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Phone:
303-226-1540

This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys.

Breakfast on Broadway Cafe

Phone:
303-788-9998

Check out this cafe for breakfast, lunch, and tasty Bloody Marys. Indulge in its gluten-free pancakes, made with rice flour or cornmeal.

Bud’s Bar

Phone:
303-688-9967

A burger shack in the truest sense, this 60-year old eatery serves only juicy grilled hamburgers and cold drinks to wash them down.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

Phone:
303-452-3999

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Ajuua

Phone:
720-374-9001

Head to this Mexican mainstay for a variety of fresh favorites, like fajitas or sizzling discada. The exciting flavors continue with a dessert menu featuring sweet treats including fried ice cream and tres leches cake.

25 Best Restaurants

ChoLon

Phone:
303-353-5223

Before opening ChoLon, executive chef Lon Symensma spent months in Southeast Asia. His travels inform this contemporary Asian restaurant and its authentic-with a-modern-twist cuisine. Try the French onion soup dumplings.

Chuburger

Phone:
720-668-9167

Oskar Blues Brewery is behind this burger joint, which serves certified Angus beef patties, beer-spiked shakes, and bar snacks such as shishito pepper fries. Check out the attached coffee shop, Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe, for java and doughnuts in the morning.

Osteria Marco

Phone:
303-534-5855

This casual tavern features deep-set wooden booths and a spacious bar. The menu lists approachable eats, such as fresh house-made mozzarella and rustic pizza.

Whittier Pub

Phone:
720-638-7397

This low-key pub and restaurant is heavy on charm. Try the grapefruit cocktail, a simple concoction of Deep Eddy's grapefruit vodka and a splash of club soda. For dinner, trust in the Farm House pastrami sandwich.

Patxi’s Pizza

Phone:
303-783-2000

Known for deep-dish Chicago-style pies. Try the "stuffed" variety: deep-dish pizza with the bottom crust stacked with toppings and cheese, followed by a second crust, topped with house-made marinara. Lighter, hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas are also available.

Tofu House

Phone:
303-751-2840

Enjoy authentic Korean fare. This neighborhood spot specializes in soups and stews, but also offers a variety of other options. Try the soft tofu soup (sundubu jjigae).

Yak and Yeti

Phone:
303-426-1976

Serving traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine. A lunch and dinner buffet are offered seven days a week.

Max’s Wine Dive

Phone:
303-593-2554

Max's Wine Dive features a casual environment, solid wine list, and Southern comfort food with an upscale twist. Try the famous fried chicken.

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

Phone:
303-444-2391

Brightly colored walls and dark wood tables complement the relaxed atmosphere of this taqueria. Sit down and order the tacos al pastor: achiote marinated pork with pineapple and onion topped with cilantro and tomatillo avocado sauce. The homemade, fresh-squeezed margaritas come just one way—really tasty and really strong.

Green Russell

Phone:
303-893-6505

This chef-driven cocktail bar offers a variety of small plates and libations.

El Chingon

Phone:
303-248-3641

Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

The Garden Terrace

Phone:
303-799-5800

Located in the Inverness Hotel, this breakfast and lunch spot has a popular buffet weekdays and Saturdays. Enjoy the champagne brunch on Sundays.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Phone:
303-623-4867

Based on the "Forrest Gump" movie, this restaurant is earnest in its Americana. Try a variety of Southern recipes, including Dixie-style ribs.

The Wolf’s Tailor

Phone:
720-456-6507

Basta chef Kelly Whitaker fuses Asian and Italian techniques at this hip Sunnyside eatery. The results—such as 7x brisket braised in dashi and red wine and house-extruded malfadine pasta with koji tomatoes—are unique and delicious.

DeMarra Bourbon Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-475-1151

Choose from a wide variety of bourbons, or sip a barrel-aged classic cocktail as you nosh on sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

Phone:
303-840-2285

This gastro-pub offers "Southern comfort food with a twist." Choose from fried chicken sandwiches to lamb burgers to pork chops.

Dushanbe Teahouse

Phone:
303-442-4993

Sit below a hand-painted ceiling at this teahouse transported from Tajikistan. The menu offers Asian and Mid-Eastern inspired cuisine.

Q House

Phone:
720-729-8887

Enjoy a modern take on Chinese cuisine executed by chef Christopher Lin, an alum of Momofuku in New York City. Try the pig ear salad.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

Phone:
(303) 333-2462

With décor inspired from childhood memories of small coastal towns, Blue Island Oyster Bar offers a seaside escape in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Come for the shareable appetizers, the cleverly crafted cocktails, and the fresh seafood entrées.

Shake Shack Highlands Ranch

Phone:
720-452-1007

This fan-favorite fast-casual burger chain is serving up juicy double-stacked cheeseburgers and creamy hand-spun shakes alongside Colorado exclusive menu items like a “Glazed Dazed Donut” frozen custard (featuring doughnuts from Aurora's Glazed and Confused) and local brews from Great Divide Brewing Company and Denver Beer Co.

Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi

Phone:
303-333-5007

Order a variety of Japanese dishes to enjoy in the sleek dining room or in the comfort of your own home. Try the ever-popular ramen noodles.

Tavern Tech Center

Phone:
303-221-4660

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Mezcal

Phone:
303-322-5219

Fresh lime margaritas, an extensive tequila list, and traditional Mexican food. The ambience is warm, festive, and fun.

Via Perla

Phone:
720-669-0100

Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed, serving Italian cuisine inspired by the many regions of Italy. Specializing in house-made pasta, go for the tagliatelle Bolognese or ricotta gnocchi with tomato sugo.

R Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

R Taco (formerly known as Rusty Taco) started as a food truck in Dallas, and it maintains its Texan influence. Enjoy breakfast tacos all day or try the fried chicken taco with a margarita for dinner.

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

Phone:
720-519-0944

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this popular pizzeria. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheese. Also, try the Highland location.

The White Chocolate Grill

Phone:
303-799-4841

In addition to the house-made selection of white chocolates, enjoy classic American fare, such as grilled salmon or balsamic rib-eye.

El Parral

Phone:
303-649-9140

Traditional Mexican cuisine like crispy chile rellenos and wildcard choices like a big, juicy steak. Breakfast is served all day and there is also a a gluten-free menu available.

Wild Standard

Phone:
720-638-4800

Chef Bradford Heap brings the seven seas to Boulder with his enticing array of responsibly sourced seafood dishes. Sip a carefully crafted cocktail and sample from the oyster bar as you peruse the globally inspired menu.

Hayter’s & Co.

Phone:
303-297-8279

This sports joint serves classic bar fare (think cheese, fries, and wings), but also serves other treats, such as the homemade green chili and the 90 Shilling mac and cheese. Take a gander at their extensive drink collection and order the “Hayterade,” with huckleberry and citrus vodkas, lemonade, and a splash of cranberry.

Marlowe’s

Phone:
303-595-3700

Casual favorite with a great patio on the 16th Street Mall. Seafood, chops, steaks, and a huge martini list. Stop in on a sunny for a weekend brunch.

GB Fish & Chips (Northwest Metro)

  • Denver
  • Sloan Lake
Phone:
303-232-2128

Traditional fish and chips (cod, tilapia, prawns, and more) plus other English fare all made in-house, such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties. European soccer and rugby games televised. Multiple locations.

Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern

Phone:
720-465-9830

A Colorado sports bar located in the heart of the Mile High City with classic video games and HD TVs. The eclectic menu includes duck tacos, pork green chile, fried cheese curds, burgers, and more.

Butcher’s Bistro

Phone:
303-296-2750

The New American menu at this spot focuses on whole animals, seasonal ingredients, and local products. Try the burger.

Pho on 6th

Phone:
720-570-8800

Tall booths and dim lighting give a sense of intimacy at this affordable pho restaurant. The menu offers noodle bowls as well as dim sum and appetizers.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Phone:
303-640-3655

Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant with tapas-style dining. Order the Itchy Sea Bass off the New World Fishy Meat menu, or try the River Rock Tenderloin–four ounces of filleted meat served atop 500-degree river rocks.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

This gourmet convenience store offers fresh, made-to-order fare (try the meatball sub) and locally sourced groceries and snacks. Check out the rotating craft beer taps.

The Wooden Table

Phone:
303-730-2152

Hand-crafted wooden tables set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the veal osso buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish purée.

The Post Brewing Co. (Longmont)

Phone:
720-588-2883

This fast-casual venue—the younger sibling to Lafayette's Post Brewing Company—offers good ol' Southern comfort food and great beer. The one-of-a-kind fried chicken can be enjoyed either on a sandwich or as a platter accompanied by a biscuit and side dish. Dig into fresh-baked cherry pie for dessert.

Komotodo Sushi Burrito

Phone:
303-534-0500

This fast-casual spot dishes up inventive fusion cuisine in the form of sushi burritos. The giant nori rolls are stuffed with the likes of salmon, tuna, flank steak, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Try the house specialty: a spicy poke tuna burrito.

Snooze

Phone:
303-297-0700

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Elephant Bar (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-922-7907

Seek out the culinary pleasures of Asia and the tropics in this modern restaurant with a jungle theme.

G.I. Jodi’s Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-972-8658

Denver's first military-themed restaurant. Rations include burgers, wraps, and plenty of beer. Live music on select nights.

Zig Zag Smokin’ Burger

Phone:
720-459-7530

This vibrant joint (attached to Meatball Eatery and Libations) is serving up more than just beef patties—the eclectic menu also boasts dishes like duck street tacos and cajun shrimp and haddock.

Sam’s No. 3 (Glendale)

Phone:
303-333-4403

Try this friendly diner's best-selling supreme breakfast burrito with ham, bacon, sausage, gyro, eggs, potatoes, and green chili.

Tuscany Restaurant

Phone:
303-782-9300

Sit next to the grand fireplace and enjoy a variety of eats, such as burgers, pasta, and grilled salmon.

Salt & Grinder

Phone:
303-945-4200

Chef Frank Bonanno takes on the deli. Expect house-cured meats, hand-crafted salads, breakfast, and jarred cocktails. Try the PB & J French Toast.

Sushi Ronin

Phone:
303-955-0741

Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine.

French 75

Phone:
303-405-7575

Mizuna's younger, more casual sibling features approachable French bistro fare. Try the half-rotisserie chicken served with buerre fondue and pommes frites.

Pepper Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-388-8377

This Asian bistro is worth a stop. Try classic Chinese dishes like Szechuan chicken as well as a variety of Thai curries. For something with a bit of a kick, order the General Tso’s chicken.

The Lobby

Phone:
303-997-9911

Appropriately located in the lobby of the former Paris Hotel. At this American grill, order the blue cheese balls and a specialty cocktail.

Patxi’s (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8000

This San Francisco-born restaurant specializes in deep dish pizza and focuses on creating a welcoming neighborhood restaurant feel.

Sarto’s

Phone:
303-455-1400

This authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Stop into Sarto’s Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

Pub 17

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-295-1117

Enjoy pub food made with local ingredients, along with an extensive selection of local beers, wines, and spirits. Be sure to try the fan-favorite Colorado lamb burger.

Punch Bowl Social

Phone:
303-765-2695

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of the diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Stapleton location.

Farro Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-694-5432

Get a taste of Italy at this casual, neighborhood-oriented restaurant with dishes like sausage and peppers, and grilled salmon filet with spinach risotto.

Blue Pan Pizza

Phone:
720-456-7666

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this tiny spot. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheeses. Also try the Congress Park location.

First Draft

Phone:
303-736-8400

With tasty eats like pork belly BLT sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

801 Chophouse

Phone:
303-214-6474

This USDA Prime steakhouse also offers seafood options and family-style sides for sharing.

Kona Grill

Phone:
720-974-1300

This Asian-inspired modern American grill offers classics—like the pork tenderloin and the ny strip—and a wide selection of housemade sushi and sashimi. The drink menu includes craft cocktails and 9 choices of saké.

Red Sea Restaurant

Phone:
303-321-4117

Authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean food. Try the popular eight-veggie combo with cabbage, beans, lentils, carrots, and no butter.

Jefferson Park Pub

  • Denver
  • Jefferson Park
Phone:
720-328-2982

This Jefferson Park pub features a variety of snacks, dips, and soups, as well as a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Try the Colorado-made Glider Cider for a gluten-free alternative to your evening.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4820

The owner of Dolce Sicilia brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Highland. Start with the crispy arancini (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and don't miss the pasta carbonara.

Dae Gee

Phone:
720-639-9986

Enjoy bold Korean flavors at this Congress Park eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap. Multiple locations.

The Fort

Phone:
303-697-4771

This Colorado institution offers fine buffalo, beef, seafood, and game. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Denver's city lights while you dine.

Rock Bottom Brewery

Phone:
303-534-7616

A favorite stop for out-of-towners, this brewery serves up tasty suds and bites.

Sputnik

Phone:
720-570-4503

This bar features a variety of classic sandwiches as well as vegan-friendly eats such as jackfruit tacos.

Opal Restaurant

Phone:
303-861-7999

Although its been through many ups and downs since it opened, Opal has finally established itself as a happening spot for sushi and twice-a-day happy hours.

Bruno’s Italian Bistro

Phone:
303-759-7025

This family-owned bistro offers both northern and southern-style Italian cuisine. Enjoy scratch-made, traditional pizza, antipasti, and pasta.

La Cueva

Phone:
303-367-1422

You'll find excellent chiles rellenos and refried beans at this spot, plus a nice wine list and more than 120 types of tequila.

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